Occidental Fire Department News & Updates!
Category - Prevention,Fire Safety
Posted - 07/30/2018 12:39am
Key Fire Safety Tips
- Watch your cooking
Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.
If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
- Give space heaters space
Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from
anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go
- Smoke outside
Ask smokers to smoke outside. Have sturdy, deep ashtrays for smokers.
- Keep matches and lighters out of reach
Keep matches and lighters up high, out of the reach of children, preferably in a cabinet with a child lock.
- Inspect electrical cords
Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connections.
- Be careful when using candles
Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.
- Have a home fire escape plan
Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
- Install smoke alarms
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms
and outside sleeping areas. Interconnect smoke alarms throughout the
home. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Test smoke alarms
Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace batteries once a
year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace
any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old.
- Install sprinklers
If you are building or remodeling your home, install residential
fire sprinklers. Sprinklers can contain and may even extinguish a fire
in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive.
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