General Home Fire Safety
There are many potential dangers within your home. Be aware of where those dangers lie, and you will dramatically reduce the possibility of life-threatening disaster. Review the quick tips below to stay safe, then visit the links to the US Fire Administration and FEMA website for more detailed safety information.
- Keep matches and lighters up high and away from children.
- Do not let trash or newspapers and magazines accumulate.
- Never use a generator indoors. Always keep them outside, away from doors, windows, and vents. Do NOT use them in garages, basements, or even partially enclosed areas - they must be outside.
Kitchen & Cooking Safety
- Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Safe cooking practices can prevent most kitchen fires from happening. Believe it or not, unattended cooking is by far the leading cause of fires originating in the kitchen, with high statistics when frying foods. However, most burns associated with cooking were not caused by fire, but instead by hot cooking equipment or some other non-fire source. When cooking, keep flammable items away from the cooking area and avoid wearing loose clothing.
-Remember, candle fires are preventable - the majority of candle fires occur because of negligence and human error. Make sure candles are supervised at all times and never left near flammable materials.
- If you smoke, smoke outside and make sure cigarette butts are properly disposed of. If you smoke inside, use ashtrays with wide lips, and empty all ashtrays into the toilet or a metal container each night before bed. NEVER smoke in bed.
- Make sure heating equipment is thoroughly inspected and minatained by a professional in order to prevent any malfunctions that could lead to the ignition of a fire. Any flammable materials such as clothing or curtains should be kept at least three feet away from all heating sources.
- Routinely check and maintain electrical appliances and wiring.
Never overload electrical outlets or extension cords. Cords should never be run under carpet or rugs, never secured under nails, and never run across high-traffice areas.