The Essential Guide to Flood Planning & Preparation

Top Ten Hints for Fire Safety

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  • lighting a match Be sure that your address number is clearly visible to responding fire / rescue workers
  • Have a working smoke detector outside the bedrooms and on every level of your home
  • Keep blankets, curtains, clothing and other combustibles away from portable heaters, wall heaters and stoves
  • Never smoke in bed. Keep lighters and matches away from children
  • Do no overload electrical outlets. Avoid running electrical cords under carpets, doors, and furniture. Only use electrical appliances and cords in good condition
  • Store gasoline and other flammable liquids in safety cans. Use flammable liquids only in well-ventilated spaces.
  • Check chimneys and flue pipes for cracks and proper security. Do not allow combustibles to come in contact with flues.
  • Keep your fireplace chimney clean. Always keep fireplace doors or screens closed to prevent sparks from igniting nearby combustibles
  • Keep all L.P. gas and oil tanks, valves, piping and appliances in good condition. Have these systems checked by a qualified technician each year.
  • Practice good housekeeping. Avoid accumulating large amounts of combustibles in attics, garages or other rooms.