Preventing Fires

Smoke Detectors
  • Place smoke detectors near bedrooms and on every floor.
  • Test the batteries monthly & replace them at least twice a year.
  • Place smoke detectors at least 4 to 6 inches away from corners.
Kitchen Fire Safety
  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Keep lose fitting clothing away from burners.
  • Keep cooking area clean and free of grease build up.
  • Keep items away from the stove that could catch fire, such as paper towels, cereal boxes, and dish towels.
  • Remember to turn stove off and unplug small appliances before leaving your home.
Safe Smoking Habits
  • Smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires in this country!
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Keep ashtrays away from upholstered furniture and curtains.
  • Never leave burning cigarettes unattended.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
Alternative Heaters
  • Use heaters only in well ventilated areas.
  • Place heaters where they will not be knocked over easily.
  • Keep blankets, clothing, curtains, furniture and anything that could get hot and catch fire away from portable heaters.
  • Plug heaters directly into the wall socket and unplug them when they are not in use.
Wood Stoves And Fire Places
  • Always use a protective screen.
  • Clean interiors, hearths, and chimneys annually.
  • Never leave children unattended around any heating source!
Children And Fire Safety
  • Teach children that fire fighters are their friends, and will help them in a fire emergency.
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children.
  • Make sure children know how to call for emergency assistance.
  • Teach children how to " Stop, Drop and Roll" if their clothes catch on fire.
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