Home Fire Safety
- Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking.
- Maintain a constant watch when preparing food.
- Use a low flame to guard against overheated grease.
- Always turn pot handles toward the center of the stove.
- Keep your stove and oven clean.
- Keep towels, potholders and other combustibles away from stove.
- Use large, heavy ashtrays that won’t tip over.
- Always extinguish tobacco completely.
- Always empty ashtrays after the ashes are cool.
- Check trash cans and furniture for smoldering cigarettes before going to bed.
- Store matches and lighters out of the reach of Children.
- Use only UL-approved electrical appliances.
- Use only one appliance per outlet or extension cord.
- Give large appliances their own heavy-duty electric circuit.
- Use only multiple plug adapters that have a circuit breaker built-in.
- If you experience frequently tripped circuit breakers, flickering lights, or a shrinking television picture, call an electrician. These are signs of faulty, failing or inadequate wiring.
HEATING SYSTEMS: Special Instructions for Heaters
- All home heating devices need at least 3 feet of space between the heater and combustibles like drapes and bedspreads.
- Install a Carbon Monoxide detector if your heating system is not electrical. Burning fuels create carbon monoxide.
- Have chimneys and fireplaces cleaned and inspected regularly.
- Use only clear Kerosene in Kerosene heaters.
- Frequently examine connections, pipes, hoses, valves and wiring for damage, leaks, and wear. Repair damage immediately.
- Test your smoke detector weekly.
- Review with your family, two escape routes from every room in the house, each month.
- Practice good fire safety habits.
- Never store Gasoline or Kerosene in the house.
- Always allow lawn mowers to cool before storing them inside.
- Always allow grills to cool before storing them inside.
- Keep papers and combustibles off of the top of water heaters.
- Keep your attic neat and never place combustibles on attic heating systems.
- Store hazardous chemicals in their original containers and keep them out of the reach of children.
- Pool chemicals are very hazardous, use with caution and store in a safe place.
If you have questions or need additional help, call us 546-4200.