Residential and commercial fires can be devastating, but with a little care and prevention, you can protect your family, home, business, and possessions. Simply follow these tips from the National Fire Prevention Association. Visit www.nfpa.org for more information.
• Install only UL approved stoves or fireplaces with clearances recommended by the manufacturer.
• Woodstoves need to be on their own separate flue.
• Clean and inspect all flues before the heating season.
• Burn only seasoned wood to reduce creosote buildup.
• Dispose of ashes in a non-combustible, metal container.
• Properly install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of your home.
• If you have an older home with fuses, replace with a circuit breaker panel as soon as possible and make sure that your existing wiring meets current electrical codes.
• Do not overload extension cords or join them together for length.
• Throw away any cords or electrical devices with broken or worn cords.
• Keep a tested ABC class fire extinguisher in the kitchen and any room with a heating device.
• Never leave cooking pans unattended, especially when cooking with oil.
• Never throw water on a grease/oil fire.
• Equipment should be cleaned/inspected by a professional cleaning company on a semi-annual basis.
• Class K Wet Chemical fire extinguishers are required and should be inspected and tagged annually.
Cigarettes and Candles:
• Never smoke in bed or when sleepy.
• Never burn candles in a closed area, near flammable materials, or leave unattended. Place on fire resistant surfaces.
• Trim candle wicks to prevent soot build up on ceilings and walls.
October 9th—15th is Fire Prevention Week! Get a fire safety plan in place. Visit nfpa.org and search for Escape Planning.