Fire Prevention

According to the Home Safety Council’s State of Home Safety in America™ Report
fires and burns are the third leading cause of unintentional home injury and related deaths

Fire Prevention Tips

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Prevent Kitchen Fires

  • Do not leave Flammable objects on Stove tops or Ovens
  • Stay in the Kitchen when cooking
  • If stove is under window make sure no curtains hang over
  • Keep Kitchen appliances clean & turn off when not in use
  • Do not wear loose clothing when cooking, loose sleeves can easily ignite over a hot burner
  • Keep Fire Extinguisher (ABC) in Kitchen at least 10 feet from oven near the closest exit

Smoke Detectors

  • Install smoke detectors in the entrance way and all levels of your house
  • Smoke detectors should also be installed near or in every bedroom in house
  • Be sure to test you smoke detectors every month
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors at least once a year
  • Replace Smoke Detectors every 10 years

Prevent Fires Caused by Smoking

  • Do not smoke in bed- it is recommended not smoking indoors at all
  • Do not smoke indoors if you have been consuming alcohol or if you are extremely tired
  • Use deep ashtrays if smoking inside, do not dump hot ashes of cigarette butts in trash

Fire Extinguishers

  • Fire Extinguishers should be in every households kitchen, basement, garage, and workshops
  • Fire Extinguishers Class (ABC) are the recommended type for household use
  • Make sure fire extinguishers are inspected and charged ready to use
  • Learn how to use your fire extinguishers for small fires only, if fire is too big, call 911 and evacuate household

Prevent Electrical Fires

  • DO NOT overload electrical outlets
    Signs of overloading: (Lights dimming – Fuses blowing)
  • Do not use extinction cords indoors
  • Keep an air space behind T.V., computer, and other devices to allow them to vent and not overheat
  • If a electrical device is on fire, try to unplug the device if cord is not on fire or damaged

Other Fire Prevention Tips

  • Never leave Dryer or washing machine running if your not home
  • Keep Flammable objects away from fireplace or wood stove, make sure your chimney’s are maintained and clean
  • Store gasoline and other flammable liquids outside or in a shed, NEVER bring gasoline inside your house
  • NEVER Leave Candles burning Unattended
  • Use candle holders, make sure flammable objects are clear from burning candles

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Children

  • Keep lighters and matches out of reach from children, preferable stored in a locked cabinet
  • Do not leave children unattended near fire or space heaters
  • Never leave children unattended in the kitchen
  • Create an escape plan to evacuate household if a fire ever did occur
  • Escape plan Tips:
    • Find two ways out of every room and house
    • Establish a meeting area outside of house
    • Practice and know your escape plans

If your clothes ever catch on fire Remember Stop, Drop, and Roll

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  • Do Not throw Cigarettes from Cars
  • Do Not Throw cigarettes outside on ground especially during the dry season
  • Follow your local laws about campfires and open burning