Did you know that many house fires begin in the kitchen? One of the more common causes of house fires is UNATTENDED COOKING. If you are cooking, baking, grilling or doing any other type of food preparation that involves your stove, oven, microwave, bbq grill, or toaster oven, NEVER leave an appliance unattended while cooking!
Helpful Safety Tips:
Kids – never play with matches or lighters!
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.
Test smoke alarms every month!
If your smoke alarm sounds, GET OUTSIDE and STAY OUTSIDE. Never go back into a burning building for any reason.
Practice a fire drill with the whole family. Every family should practice their escape route twice a year by pretending there is a fire in their home. And everyone should have 2 ways out, not just one. Keep in mind you might have to crawl to avoid heavy smoke too!
Have a meeting place outside. Decide on a meeting place a safe distance from the house if there is a real emergency or fire in your home. Perhaps the end of your driveway, or a neighbor's porch.
At your meeting place, take a head count to make sure everyone is there.
Propane/Gas Grill Safety
Watch this first-hand account about what can go wrong when using a propane/gas grill:
If your gas grill flame goes out for any reason, turn off the grill and WAIT at least 5 minutes! This will allow the gas to dissipate before you attempt to reignite the grill. Very important!
Helpful Brochures from the NFPA
Read or print these helpful brochures on fire safety from the National Fire Protection Association:
Causes of Fire
Fire and safety equipment
Household Equipment Safety
9-volt battery safety
Lithium battery safety
CFL light bulbs
Gel fuel safety
Wood & Pellet Stoves
Window Security Bar Safety