OCTOBER IS FIRE SAFETY MONTH!!!!!!

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Transcript OCTOBER IS FIRE SAFETY MONTH!!!!!!

OCTOBER IS FIRE SAFETY
MONTH!!!!!!
What can you do to Protect yourself and
your family?
PRACTICE FIRE SAFETY and FIRE
PREVENTION EVERYDAY!!!
INSTALL SMOKE ALARMS
Smoke alarms double your chances of
surviving a fire!!!!!
Smoke Alarms….
• Follow manufacturer’s guidelines for
installation
• Make sure the smoke alarm works –
replace batteries as needed and at least
once annually
• Test the smoke alarm once a month
Develop an Exit plan…
• For example: The E.D.I.T.H. Plan
EXIT DRILLS IN THE HOME
Your Exit Plan Should:
1. Identify two ways out of every room.
2. Establish a meeting place outside.
3. A method for contacting the Chickasha
Fire Department ( Dialing 911) from
outside your home.
When Your Plan is Developed…
• Teach everyone to “Get Out – Stay Out”.
• Keep in mind that toxic smoke and gases
rise to the ceiling. If smoke is present,
stay low to the floor for cleaner, cooler air.
• PRACTICE, PRACTICE, and PRACTICE!!
Tips for Electric Space Heaters…
• Make sure you have the right wiring and
outlets with sufficient voltage.
• Units should be approve by a nationally
recognized testing laboratory (U.L., etc.)
and manufacturers instruction should be
followed
• The appliance should have an automatic
shut-off valve.
Electric Space Heaters continued…
• Keep all combustibles at least 3 (three)
feet away.
• Keep children and pets away from the
appliance
• Avoid extension cords!!!!!
General Electrical Safety…
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Inspect electrical wiring for damage.
Don’t overload extension cords.
Keep extension cords out of traffic areas.
Extension cords are not designed for long
term use.
• Electric blankets should conform to
appropriate standards (U.L., etc.).
Tips for Using Fireplaces...
• Fireplaces should be serviced by a
professional annually.
• Check for cracks, loose bricks and other
defects before using.
• Burn only seasoned hardwoods.
• NEVER use gasoline, kerosene, or lighter
fluid to start a fire!!!
• Keep a screen or a heat tempered glass
door to prevent sparks from flying out.
Tips for Wood Burning Stoves…
• Top chimney with spark guards.
• Make sure stove has approval from a
recognized testing laboratory.
• Use adequate ventilation.
• Keep combustibles at least 3 feet away
from the stove.
• Shovel ashes into a metal container and
store outside.
• Follow manufacturer’s instructions.
Tips for Kerosene Heaters…
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Select the right heater!!
Unit should have a safety shut-off valve.
Use only pure kerosene.
Use in a properly ventilated area.
Shut unit off while sleeping.
Refuel unit outside – only when unit is
cool.
Tips for Cooking Safety…
• NEVER leave stoves unattended while
cooking!!!!
• Appliances should be turned off after use.
• Cover a grease fire with a lid.
• Turn pot handles to the inside.
• NEVER use a stove or oven to heat your
home!!!!
• Check appliances before going to bed to
ensure the appliance is turned off.
For more information contact the
Chickasha Fire Department @ 222-6035
or visit www.chickasha.org,
www.usfa.fema.gov or www.firesafety.gov
for additional information on fire safety.