Chief’s Corner

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Here are some important ways to keep your home safe from fire.

Make these a top priority.

In the Kitchen

Cooking is the number one cause of home fires. Take these steps today to prevent a cooking fire in your home:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
  • If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.
  •  Keep things that can burn away from your cooking area.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so they won’t get bumped.


Safe Home Heating

Heating is the second leading cause of home fires. You can prevent a heating fire with these simple steps:

  •  Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from fireplaces, wood stoves, portable heaters, and radiators.
  • When you leave a room or go to bed, turn heaters off or unplug them.
  • Have your furnace, chimney, and chimney connector inspected by a professional each winter. Make repairs before cool weather sets in. 

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Follow these safety tips to prevent an electrical fire:

  •  Plug only one heat-producing appliance into the electrical outlet. Never use an extension cord. Examples of heat-producing appliances are: microwave, coffee maker, and portable heater.
  • Extension cords are for temporary use only. { If you have an electrical cord that is frayed or broken, don’t use it.
  • Plug portable heaters directly into the outlet.
  • Don’t use an extension cord. Make sure your heater has an automatic shut-off switch that turns it off if it tips over.

Home Protection

Fire prevention is important, but also make sure you and your home are protected.

  • Put working smoke alarms on every level of your home and inside and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test your alarms each month.
  • Create and practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year.