September 13, 2010

Tip of the day

Emergency Preparedness Tip of the week--

Fire safety

  • When lighting candles, do not leave them unattended.  A friend I knew in high school had a home fire when she left a candle in the shape of a hand burning unattended.  One of the wax fingers had melted off and caught fire to her nightstand.  Also make sure the area is clear to avoid anything dropping into the candle and catching fire.  Years ago, I would often have candles on the table when having dinner parties.  At a birthday party, some tissue paper from a gift accidentally was put too close to the candle and caught aflame.  With quick action, my husband prevented what could have been a disaster.
  • Learn how to put out a grease fire.  Keep baking soda near your stove and lids handy when frying.  Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and make sure you know how to use it.  NEVER put water on a grease fire! 
  • While cooking be mindful of where you place your towels.  If you have a stove, be respectful of it.  Do not place items on top of the eyes when it isn’t turned on.  (Pizza boxes, crates, etc) This is a pet peeve of mine because so few people realize how quickly a fire could start if the burner was accidentally turned on.
  • Learn what to do in case of an electrical fire.  Use proper prevention—check electrical cords and plugs to make sure they are not frayed or damaged in any way.  Pull the plug from the outlet at the plug site instead of tugging on the cord.  Regularly check appliances.  If you have an ancient space heater,
  • Teach children fire safety.  Do not leave matches or combustibles within easy reach.  Teach them to let adults know if they see matches, lighters, or something dangerous out.  We have taught also our daughter to respect the “safety circle”.  When we are camping, my husband draws a circle with the back of a shovel in the gravel or dirt approx 2-3 feet in larger diameter than the campfire.  She knows that she can go as close as the line but not closer.  With our fireplace at home, we have a fireproof rug that helps prevent the carpet from being damaged if sparks come out of the fireplace.  She knows she can walk up to the rug but not go any farther without our permission.  Whenever we light the fire, we remind her of the safety circle.
  • Learn how to prevent a chimney fire and invest in a chimney fire extinguisher for all fireplaces.  Have your chimney swept regularly.
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