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Fire Safety and Prevention

  • Install smoke alarms outside of each bedroom.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace batteries as needed.
  • Mix the various types of smoke alarms in your house.  Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires and ionization alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires.
  • For those that are hard of hearing, invest in special smoke detectors that have strobe lights and/or bed shakers.
  • Install Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in every level of your dwelling.
  • Test the CO detectors monthly must as you would with smoke detectors.
  • Ensure all vents inside and outside of the dwelling are not blocked.
  • If using candles in the house, keep them at least 12 inches away from anything that can catch fire.
  • Only use candle holders that have a low chance of tipping.
  • Do not use candles or light a fire in the house if a family member is on oxygen.  Oxygen itself is not flammable but is an accelerant and can cause a fire to get out of control quickly.
  • If using a fireplace, have it cleaned and inspected yearly and also ensure you’re using a proper fireplace screen to prevent ashes and sparks flying into the room.
  • Turn off portable heaters before going to bed.
  • Smoke outside of the house or use fire-safe cigarettes.
  • Do not discard cigarettes in anything that ignites easily like vegetation, trash, landscaping, etc.
  • Do not discard your cigarette out the window while driving.  The rush of car going by can reignite the cigarette and cause a fire.  Put them out in your car’s ashtray and dispose of them later.

For more information on Fire Safety and Prevention visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website at: