Ensure you can see your house numbers clearly from the street at both day and night. If the Pizza man can not see them we
can not see them as well.
Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows and vents.
Make sure you have carbon monoxide alarms in your home.
Do not use a generator in a wet area. This can cause shock or electrocution.
Connect appliances to the generator with heavy-duty extension cords.
Do not fuel your generator when it is running. Spilling gas on a hot engine can cause a fire.
In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house. In minutes, a house can be engulfed in flames. If you wake up to a fire, you won’t have time to grab valuables because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick. There is only time to escape.
Practice safe outdoor cooking.
Make sure there are no trip hazards, equipment is in good working order and clear form any overhanging trees, or buildings.
Small appliances should be plugged directly into a wall outlet.
Unplug small appliances when not in use.
Do not use a clothes dryer without a lint filter.
Clean the clothes dryer lint filter before and after each cycle.
Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
Put candles in sturdy metal, glass, or ceramic holders.
Place candles where they cannot tip over.
Never leave a lit candle unattended.
Blow out candles after use and before going to bed.
If you smoke, think about quitting.
Put out all cigarettes, cigars, or pipes before you leave a room or area.
Choose fire-safe cigarettes. They are made to go out if left unattended and are less likely to start a fire.
If smoking outside be mindful of where the hot ember may land. mulch can catch fire up to 30 minutes after a hot ember has landed on it.
Soak ashes in water before dumping them in the trash.
For help to quit smoking, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Install a smoke alarm on every floor of your home, even the basement.
Install a smoke alarm outside every sleeping area. Ideally, install smoke alarms in every sleeping area, too.
Replace smoke alarms after 10 years.
Test smoke alarms monthly.
Teach children what your smoke alarm sounds like and what to do if they hear it – get out and crawl low under smoke.
People with disabilities and older adults: Ask family or friends to help install smoke alarms, test them monthly, and change batteries each year.
Change the batteries at least once a year – maybe at Daylight Saving Time or on your birthday.
Install and maintain CO alarms inside your home to provide early warning of carbon monoxide.
CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home.
Choose a CO alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
CO alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and the sound of CO alarms.
In recent years there have been 6 deaths in Belmont county from CO gas.
When cooking, stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on the stove.
Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking.
Keep towels, pot holders, curtains, and paper products away from the stove.
Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
Keep children and pets away from the grill area and have handles of pots and pans turned in.
Have a 3-foot kid-free zone around the grill.
As a general rule, firefighting should be left to the fire department.
Only adults who know how to use portable fire extinguishers should use them.
Before trying to fight a fire, make sure that everyone is leaving the house, someone is calling 9-1-1, the extinguisher is mounted on the wall close to your way out, the fire is not bigger than a small wastepaper can and you can get out.
Inspect portable extinguishers monthly and have them serviced annually.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height.
As a general rule, portable fire extinguishers for the home should have a rating of at least 2-A:10-B:C.
Install extinguishers in the kitchen, garage, furnace room, and outdoor shed. Also have one available if cooking outside or burning wood in a fire pit.
Insert plugs fully into sockets.
Don’t overload extension cords or wall sockets.
Never force a three-prong cord into a two-slot outlet.
Make and practice a fire escape plan.
Plan two ways to escape from each room.
Pick a place to meet after you escape to check that everyone got out.
Practice your escape plan every month.
Plan for everyone in your home – including babies and others who need help to escape.
Involve children in making and practicing your escape plan.
Teach children to never hide during a fire – they must get out and stay out.
For those with special needs or handicap persons living in your homes.
- Make an escape plan that meets your special needs.
- Ask emergency providers to keep your special needs information on file.
- For people with hearing loss, install smoke alarms with flashing lights or vibrating signals.
- The fire department can help you with your escape plan and are more then happy to do so.
Use a metal or glass fireplace screen to keep sparks from hitting nearby carpets or furniture.
Keep kindling, paper, and décor away from fireplaces and wood stoves.
Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn – including furniture, blankets, curtains, and paper products
Choose space heaters that turn off automatically if they tip over.
Purchase and use only space heaters that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
Plug them only into a wall outlet. No power cords.