Fire Safety Tips
Candles may be pretty to look at but they are a cause of home fires - and home fire deaths. Remember, a candle is an open flame, which means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn.
Carbon Monoxide Safety
Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels burn incompletely, such as:
- Natural gas
In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.
Cooking brings family and friends together, provides an outlet for creativity and can be relaxing. But did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries? By following a few safety tips you can prevent these fires:
Flipping a light switch. Plugging in a coffeemaker. Charging a laptop computer. These are second nature for most of us. Electricity makes our lives easier. However, we need to be cautious and keep safety in mind.
Plan ahead! If a fire breaks out in your home, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.
Downed utility lines, power company blackouts, heavy snow falls or summer storms can all lead to power outages. Many people turn to a portable generator for a temporary solution without knowing the risks.
There's nothing like outdoor grilling. It's one of the most popular ways to cook food, but a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling:
Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.
Smoke Alarms for Hearing Impaired
Smoke alarms save lives. However, people who are deaf or hard of hearing may not be able to depend on the traditional smoke alarm to alert them to a fire.
Winter Fire Safety
Fire safety tips offered by the U.S. Fire Administration to help you maintain a fire-safe home during the winter months.
- Winter Fire Safety Tips for the Home (PDF) - Guide presented by the U.S. Fire Administration