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Fire Prevention Tips

Post Date:07/05/2016 1:12 PM
In 2014, 1,575 of the 6,543 Sandy City Emergency Medical Service calls were fire related. Most fires are caused by preventable accidents. Fire damage negatively impacts peoples lives. 40 percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year according to FEMA.

Stay in the kitchen when using stove. Prepare food with shorter sleeves. If sleepy or intoxicated, do not cook. Create a 3-foot "kid-free zone" around stove. Give barbeque grills 10 feet of clear space.

Smoke outside and never smoke in bed. Be sure cigarettes are completely out and never toss them hot into trash bins. Don't put ashtrays on chairs or sofas. Never smoke in areas where oxygen is being used.

Replace frayed appliance cords. Don't run cords under carpet or furniture. Buy electrical products evaluated by nationally-recognized laboratories. 3-prong plugs go in 3-prong outlets (never 2-slot outlet). Don't overload extension cords.

Keep combustibles 3 feet or more away. Use portable heaters with thermostat control mechanism. Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene (check with fire department on legality of kerosene heater use).

Annually check pipes and chimneys. Never burn trash, paper or green wood. Use screens. Fire should be completely out before going to bed.

Teach children that fire is a tool, not a toy! Store matches and lighters out of reach. Never leave kids unattended by hot surfaces or flames of any type.

Use ionization AND photoelectric smoke alarms OR dual-sensor alarms
Test each month and replace batteries annually
Install on every level of your home
Replace entire unit every 8-10 years
NEVER disable a smoke alarm while cooking
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