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September 14, 2011

News | Fire Safety Tips

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.

Woodstoves:

• 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.

Electrical:

• 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.

Cooking:

• 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.

Commercial Cooking:

• 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.

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