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What Fuels Your Fire?


Plan and Practice Your Escape Plan! during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13.

National Fire Protection Association

  • September 2007 Update:
    We are in an EXTREME DROUGHT.
    Keep your family safe. Please be extra careful!
    For Burning Permit information, see our Burning Permits section.

    Get fireworks safety information here.

  • The United States has one of the highest fire death and injury rates in the world. Fire--in the form of flames and smoke--is the second leading cause of accidental death in the home. -- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an independent regulatory agency of the U.S. Government.
  • Fire Safety Checklist:

    • Cover all unused electrical outlets.
    • Do not overload outlets.
    • Arrange electrical cords so they do not entangle with one another.
    • Keep electrical cords from hanging over the counters.
    • Try to avoid the use of extension cords.
    • Store all matches, lighters, and flammable materials up high, preferably locked securely and/or out of the reach of children.
    • Store cleansers and other chemicals in cabinets with childproof locks.
    • Make sure your smoke alarm sensitivity sensor is clean of dust and cobwebs each month.
    • There should be a smoke detector installed on every level of your home and in the hallways leading to the bedrooms. It is an extra precaution to have them installed in each bedroom.
    • If you do not have smoke detectors in the bedrooms, sleep with the doors open.
    • Keep a working flashlight near each bed, in the kitchen, basement, and family room.
    • Have an escape plan that includes two ways out of every room in your home.
    • Practice the escape plan every six months.
    • Set up a safe place to meet outside.
    • Fireplaces and, especially, chimneys should be cleaned and inspected by a professional every year.
    • Set the thermostats on water heaters between 135 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Try to use non-flammable or fire-resistant materials for curtains and upholstery.
    • Keep drapes away from heat sources, including lamps.
    • Use space heaters only on noncombustible surfaces and at least three feet from furniture and walls.
    • Store all flammable and combustible products in cool, well ventilated places, away from heat sources.
    • Keep dirty rags in a sealed metal can or dispose of them.
    • Store gasoline only in metal cans approved by your fire department.
    • When not in actual use, lawn mowers and all gas powered appliances should be stored empty.
    • Turn pot handles inward while using burners on the stove.
    • Keep cooking surfaces and surrounding areas free from clutter and grease build-up.
    • Keep fire extinguisher near farthest exit from the stove.
    • Do not use water to douse a flaming pot. Smother with cover or baking sheet or use fire extinguisher.
    • Avoid wearing loose clothing with flowing sleeves while cooking.
    • Do not leave the kitchen with food cooking on the stovetop.
    • Get out as soon as you discover a fire; do not try to fight the fire or gather possessions.
    • If you have a fire get out of the house and immediately dial 911 from a neighbor’s phone.
    • Replace worn cords.
    • Do not run cords under rugs.
  • See also: Personal/Family Emergency Preparedness Plan - Get Adobe Reader -- Excellent 2-page brochure in PDF format.

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