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Prevent Home Fires

Home Fires

    Website: FEMA

    Material Excerpted From: Disasters & Emergencies – Home Fires

    Home fires can be preventable. The following are simple steps that each of us can take to prevent a tragedy.


    • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. Turn off the stove if you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time.

    • Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.

    • Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

    • Keep a fire extinguisher available.

    Electrical and Appliance Safety

    • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.

    • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.

    • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.

    Keeping Children Safe

    • Take the mystery out of fire play by teaching children that fire is a tool, not a toy.

    • Store matches and lighters out of children’s reach and sight, preferably in a locked cabinet.

    • Never leave children unattended near operating stoves or burning candles, even for a short time.

    Fireplaces and Woodstoves

    • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.

    • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.

    • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.

    Portable Space Heaters

    • Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from portable heating devices.

    • Only buy heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

    • Check to make sure the portable heater has a thermostat control mechanism and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over.

    • Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene in kerosene heaters. Never overfill it. Use the heater in a well-ventilated room away from curtains and other flammable items.

    More Fire Prevention Tips

    • Never use a stove range or oven to heat your home.

    • Keep combustible and flammable liquids away from heat sources.

    • Portable generators should NEVER be used indoors and should only be refueled outdoors and in well-ventilated areas.

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