Fire Safety at Home: Safety Topic - September 11, 2023



Fire safety is the set of practices intended to reduce the destruction caused by fire. Fire safety measures include those that are intended to prevent ignition of an uncontrolled fire, and those that are used to limit the development and effects of a fire after it starts.

This week we will discuss Fire Safety and how to prevent fires.

Monday- Cooking Fire Safety

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. Follow a few safety tips to prevent these fires:

  • If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

Here are a few grill fire safety tips.

  • Only use grills outdoors, away from siding and deck railings.
  • Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.
  • Make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting.
  • Have a 3-foot safe-zone around grills and campfires. Keep kids and pets away from the area.
  • Dispose of coals after they have cooled in a metal can.
  • Never leave grills, fire pits and patio torches unattended.

Tuesday – Home Fire Extinguisher

Having a fire extinguisher in your home can save lives and property from fire. It allows you to respond quickly to fire, often extinguishing the fire before the fire department arrives.  Below are a few things to consider when deciding what is best for your home.

  • Where are the primary locations that you may need a fire extinguisher, the kitchen, garage, other out buildings?
  • Do you have a multi-level home?  You may consider having an extinguisher accessible on each level.
  • Do you know how to properly use a fire extinguisher? One useful tool is the acronym P.A.S.S. – 1. Pull the pin. 2. Aim at the base of the fire. 3. Squeeze the level. 4. Sweep from side to side.
  • Do you know when to use a fire extinguisher?  Extinguishers are only meant to handle small fires.  They should be used when it is a small self contained fire, the room is not filled with smoke, and when there is a safe pathway out if the fire should continue to grow. 

Wednesday – Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarms are a key 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. Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in a home with no smoke alarms or no working smoking alarms.

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install smoke alarms in the basement too.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Thursday – Heating Safety

Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths. With a few simple safety tips and precautions, you can prevent most heating fires from happening.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.…

Friday - Discussion

Has anyone here found themselves in trying to put out a fire that started accidently? What did you do? What would you do differently now that you have this information?


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