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October is Fire Prevention Month. In keeping with this year-round attitude, we present the following safety tips for the home.


    In the Bedroom:

    • Never smoke in bed - EVER
    • Install a smoke detector in the hallway outside the sleeping areas
    • Keep doors closed at night to delay the deadly smoke from entering the room
    • Plan two escape routs from each bedroom



    In the Living Areas:

    • Provide "breathing room" around electronic equipment (TVs and stereos)
    • Don't overload electrical circuits
    • Keep all combustibles (things that burn) at least 3 feet away from open flame heaters
    • Use a metal fireplace screen
    • Have your fireplace flue checked and cleaned regularly
    • Use large, deep ashtrays if you smoke
    • Double check your furniture for smoldering smoking materials



    In the Kitchen:

    • Turn pot and pan handles inward so they don't stick out over the edge of the stove
    • Smother grease fires with a lid and turn the burner off
    • Wear tight-fitting or short-sleeved garments when cooking
    • Make sure all appliances are approved (UL listed, etc.)
    • Never plug in an appliance while floors or hands are wet
    • Keep flammables out of the kitchen
    • Don't leave your cooking unattended
    • Keep appliances clean
    • Have a portable fire extinguisher close by



    In Storage and Work Areas:

    • Have your furnace checked by a professional annually
    • Check your circuit breakers if you have an unusual power outage
    • Keep flammables in the original container and tightly capped
    • Don't store soiled rags near a heat source
    • Keep your work area clean



    General Safety Procedures:

    • Have a family escape plan
    • Do not go back in for any reason
    • Feel the door before opening; if warm, use alternate escape route
    • When escaping, crawl under the smoke
    • Check your smoke detectors often
    • If your clothing catches fire, STOP, DROP and ROLL

General Safety Advice:

  • Install at least one smoke alarm in each level of your home and in or near all sleeping areas.  Smoke alarms should be tested once a month and batteries replaced once a year or when the alarm "chirps", warning that the battery is low
  • Every household should develop and practice a home fire escape plan that includes two ways out of every room and an outside meeting place.
  • Consider installing an automatic sprinkler system if you are building a new home, or retrofitting your existing home.

 

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