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Fire Facts & Safety

Cridersville Fire Saftey


 

Kids and fire = a bad match
Children are one of the highest risk groups for deaths in residential fires.

Appliances need special attention.
Bedrooms are the most common rooms in the home where electrical fires start.

Tuck yourself in for a safe sleep.
Never smoke in bed. Replace mattresses made before the 2007 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. 

Place at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home and in halls outside bedrooms.

Remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.

Teach your child that fire is a tool, not a toy.

Bedrooms are a common area of fire origin.
Nearly 600 lives are lost to fires that start in bedrooms each year. Many of these fires are caused by misuse or poor maintenance of electrical devices, such as overloading extension cords or using portable space heaters too close to combustibles. Many other bedroom fires are caused by children who play with matches and lighters, careless smoking among adults, and arson.

Children are one of the highest risk groups for deaths in residential fires.
At home, children usually play with fire - lighters, matches and other ignitable - in bedrooms, in closets, and under beds. These are "secret" places where there are a lot of things that catch fire easily.

Children of all ages set over 35,000 fires annually.

Every year over 400 children nine years and younger die in home fires.

Keep matches and lighters locked up and away from children.
Check under beds and in closets for burnt matches, evidence your child may be playing with matches.
 

Fire Preparedness & Safety Tips:
Courtesy of Marshal Flowers, Chief Miller and the U.S. Fire Administration (view pdf)

PREPARING FOR A FIRE

Smoke Alarms

  • Make sure that your home's smoke alarms are in proper working order.
  • All smoke alarms should be tested monthly. All batteries should be replaced with new ones twice a year.
  • Some smoke alarms may be dependent on your home's electrical service and may not work during a power outage. Check to see if your smoke alarm uses a back-up battery and if so, install a new battery twice a year.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, and inside and outside bedrooms.
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

Fire Escape Plan

  • Develop a home fire escape plan with a primary and secondary route.
  • Practice the escape drill twice, once using the normal exits and then the alternative route.
  • To start the drill, set off a smoke alarm by pushing the test button.
  • Family members should sound their own alarm at the first sign of fire. Yelling or pounding on walls are examples.
  • Always test the doors for heat before opening. Sweep your hand over the upper portion of the door to feel for heat. If the door is hot or warm, do not open it. Instead use your alternative route. If the door does not feel hot to the touch, open the door a crack to see if there is smoke. If there is no smoke, exit the house. If you find heavy smoke, close the door and use your alternative escape route.
  • Stay as low as possible to avoid rising smoke.
  • Close doors behind you when escaping a room or building that is on fire.
  • Go to the designated meeting place outside.
  • Call for help once outside.

PREVENTING FIRES

Heating Safety

  • Use kerosene heaters and space heaters according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Alternative heaters need their space. Keep anything that could burn at least three feet away.
  • Make sure your alternative heaters have 'tip switches.' These 'tip switches' are designed to automatically turn off the heater in the event they tip over.
  • Do not use the kitchen oven range to heat your home. In addition to being a fire hazard, it can be a source of toxic fumes.
  • Never refill a space heater while it is operating or still hot.
  • Only refuel heaters outdoors.
  • Make sure wood stoves are properly installed, and at least three feet away from anything that can burn. Ensure they have the proper floor support and adequate ventilation and your chimney is clean.

Cooking Safety

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your Thanksgiving or holiday turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don't trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags when handling hot foods.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.

Additional Tips

  • Be careful when using candles. Keep the flame away from anything that can burn and out of the reach of children.
  • Consider using battery-operated flame less candles, which can look smell and feel like real candles.
  • When using candles. place them in sturdy, safe candle holders that will not bum or tip over.
  • Never use a candle where medical oxygen is being used.
  • Always use a flashlight, not a candle for emergency lighting.
  • If the power goes out, make certain that all electrical appliances, such as stoves, electric space heaters and hair dryers, are in the OFF position.
  • If there is a fire hydrant near your home, keep it clear of snow, ice and debris for fast access by the fire department.

If you have any questions or comments about these safety tips, please contact the Cridersville Volunteer Fire Department at: (419) 645-4000.

To view the original News Release for Fire Prevention and Tips, click here.