- Water fresh trees daily - Keep the base of the trunk in water at all times and keep your tree away from any ignition sources.
- Check all sets of lights before decorating -Check the cords closely. Discard any sets that are frayed or damaged.
- Make sure you have working smoke alarms - Test your smoke alarms and replace them if they are over 10 years old.
- Make sure you have working carbon monoxide alarms - Replace any carbon monoxide alarms over seven years old.
- Make sure everyone knows how to get out safely if a fire occurs - Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with all members of the household.
- Use extension cords wisely - Make sure cords never go under rugs as this can cause damage to the cord and cause a fire.
- Give space heaters space - If you are using space heaters, remember to keep them at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn.
- When you go out, blow out! - Blow out candles before leaving or going to bed. Keep lit candles away from children, pets and anything that can burn.
- Keep matches and lighters out of the sight and reach of children - Matches and lighters can be deadly in the hands of children.
- Watch what you heat! - Always stay in the kitchen when cooking; especially if using oil or high temperatures.
- Encourage smokers to smoke outside - If you do allow smoking indoors use large, deep ashtrays that can't be knocked over and make sure cigarette butts are properly extinguished.
- There's more to responsible drinking than taking a cab home - Keep a close eye on anyone attempting to cook or smoke while under the influence.
Monday, December 19, 2016
12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety brought to you by OAFC
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