Practice Fire Safety - Be Fire SmartFire Prevention is not often something that we must think about. Many of us learn from a young age what it means to practice fire safety from Fire Prevention Week and Safety Town where we are taught to not play with matches, stop drop & roll and to call the fire department from the neighbor’s house. Yet, today we still find that carelessness abounds we looking at that the leading causes of residential home fires. Incidents of fire damage result in the loss of human life and hundreds of millions of dollars annually in property damage claims.

According to the (National Fire Protection Association) NFPA, the leading causes of residential home fires include: cooking, heating, smoking and electrical sources. The kitchen holds the top spot for origination and deserves the most attention when discussing home fire safety. Fire Prevention is everyone’s responsibility where history has shown that good safety habits can save lives and property. We urge everyone to embrace Fire Safety and to make it a year round commitment. Fires can start in many different ways, know the risk areas around your home and review fire safety practices with all family members. Do your part to be Fire Smart!

Outside Fire Safety Tips

  1. Keep gasoline in approved containers and store in areas with good ventilation.
  2. Grills, Fire pits, Torches, etc. should be kept off wood decks and 50 feet from home exterior.
  3. Tractors, mowers and other fuel operated machinery should be allowed to cool before returning to storage and kept away from heat sources and oily rags increase of static ignition.
  4. Carefully inspect all extension cords for fraying or cuts and keep all exterior electrical outlets covered from the elements.
  5. Always completely extinguish campfires and discard of ashes in fire safe (steel drum) containers.

Inside Fire Safety Tips

  1. Inspect all kitchen appliances including small cooking equipment such as toasters and toaster ovens, crock pots, coffee makers for damaged cords and be sure they are UL rated.
  2. Never leave kitchen unattended when cooking on top or inside oven and when oven is in self cleaning mode.
  3. Frequently check all smoke detectors – test to be sure they will operate and change batteries 2x per year.
  4. Install fire extinguishers in direct proximity to stove and inspect annually to insure charge.
  5. Limit use of candles and never leave room with burning candles unattended or in path of pets or children.
  6. Follow routine cleaning and maintenance for furnaces, dryers and natural gas appliances.
  7. Do not overload circuits and use only approved power surge protectors for high amp electronics

Fire safety and education saves lives and property damage. Don’t ignore the risks and share your commitment with children to be Fire Smart!