Fire Prevention

Smoke Detectors Save Lives!!

    • Test Smoke Detector batteries each month and change them twice a year when you change your clocks
    • Prevention of fire is the job of the entire family.  Everyone should participate in making plans that may save lives
    • Make an Escape Plan – Practice it with your family twice a year
    • Agree on a meeting place and NEVER GO BACK INTO A BURNING BUILDING!!

 Fire Safety Tips – Get Out & Stay Out!

Smoke Detectors save lives, install and maintain them

Smoking carelessness is a leading cause of fire, do not empty ashtrays into the trash

Don’t let children play with matches & lighters

Be careful with candles, don’t leave them unattended & never sleep with candles burning

Remove electrical cords from under rugs and behind radiators, never nail or staple the cord to walls or molding

Don’t overload outlets and extension cords

Never put a portable heater near drapes, furniture, bedding or other flammable materials

Keep flammable liquids away from heat sources

Make & practice home escape plans

Always store paint and other flammable substances in their original labeled containers

Facts to Consider

Fire Department in the United States respond to fires every 19 seconds, nearly 2 million fires per year

These fires are responsible for 3500 civilian deaths every year

Where a Smoke Detector was present & operating, 80% of fires had NO fire related deaths

 

The Silent Killer – Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is present in low levels in the air, formed from any non-electric flamed fuel device found in the home, including furnaces, stoevs, fireplaces, grills and water heaters, but if theses devices are vented properly the Carbon Monoxide will escape.

According to the Journal of American Medical Association, Carbon Monoxide posioning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States.  Carbon Monoxide results from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, such as natural gas, gasoline, wood, kerosene, propane, and oil.

Things you can do to help prevent the build-up of Carbon Monoxide in your home

Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector, it’s inexpensive and easy!

NEVER run a vehicle or generator indoors, even if the garage doors are open

NEVER leave your vehicle running when it’s parked in snow

Have your furnace, water heaters, stove or other natural gas-burning devices inspected regularly

Have your chimneys inspected by a professional

NEVER use an oven to heat your home

Only use Barbeque grills outside, NEVER use them inside your home or garage

Open a windo slightly whenever using a kerosene or gas heater