Painesville City Fire Department, Safety Tips
CHILDREN AND FIRE
Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries each year. Preschoolers are most likely to start these fires, typically by playing with matches and lighters, and are most likely to die in these fires.
· Store matches and lighters out of children’s reach and sight
· Never use matches or lighters as a source of amusement for children as they may imitate you
· If your child expresses curiosity about fire or has been playing with fire talk to him/her and explain the dangers
· Teach children to report unattended matches or lighters to an adult
· If you suspect your child of intentionally setting fires or is unduly fascinated with fire get help. Your Fire department can assist you in this matter
ELECTRICAL SAFETY IN THE HOME
From 1999-2003, electrical distribution and lighting equipment were involved in an estimated 19,100 reported home structure fires per year. These fires resulted in 140 civilian deaths, 610 civilian injuries and an estimated $349 million in direct property damage per year.
· Replace or repair damaged electrical cords
· Avoid running extension cords across door or under carpets
· Do not overload outlets or circuits
Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning — a home fire escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced.
· Develop a plan ahead of time
· Practice that plan
· If you need assistance contact your fire department
Smoke alarms play a vital role in reducing deaths and injuries from fire and have contributed to the almost 50% decrease in fire deaths since the late 1970s. It is estimated that 95% of U.S homes have at least one smoke alarm. Sixty-five percent of reported home fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives and protect against injury and loss due to fire.
· Insure your home is adequately protected by smoke detectors
· Make sure your detector(s) work, test often and replace batteries twice a year
· Replace your detectors at least every ten years
Cooking fires are the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Most cooking equipment fires start with the ignition of common household items (e.g., food or grease, cabinets, wall coverings, paper or plastic bags, curtains, etc.).
· Never leave cooking food unattended
· Keep cooking areas clear of combustible materials (pot holders, paper, drapes, food packaging, etc)
· Keep children away from cooking areas
· Do not wear loose fitting clothes
· Always keep an oven mitt and a properly fitting lid handy, if there is a fire turn off the heat, put on the oven mitt and smother the fire with the lid. Do not remove the lid until the fire is out.
· Do not put water on a grease fire as it will only serve to spread the fire
· In the event of an oven fire; turn the heat off, leave the door closed and call the fire department
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