Spring Into Safety
Spring is here once again. Check out the spring season fire safety tips below that will help ensure you and your family a fire free entrance to summer 2010!
- Establish a “safety area” in your kitchen to keep small children confined and away from hot surfaces, hot liquids, and flames.
- Allow appliances to cool before putting them away. Never wrap cords around warm appliances.
- Do not leave cooking food unattended.
- Keep all paper and cloth materials away from heat sources.
- To prevent pot handles from getting bumped or grabbed, turn them inward toward the middle of the stove.
- Be consistent in cleaning grease and food off the stove.
- Check exhaust filters for dirt and grease build-up. Clean them on a regular basis.
- Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves while cooking; loose sleeves could easily catch fire.
- Do not hold children while cooking.
- Use only microwave safe dishes in the microwave; never microwave metal dishes.
Yard and Garage
- Clear your yard of leaves, debris, and other combustible rubbish.
- Make sure that mulch is at least a foot away from your home with a non-combustible barrier in between, such as rock.
- Store gasoline in a strong, metal safety-type can with self-closing caps on the openings.
- If your garage is attached to your home, make sure they are separated by a tight-fitting door which is kept closed.
- Clear basements, closets, and attics of old rags, papers, mattresses, broken furniture, and other combustible odds and ends.
- Place used oily polishing rags or waste in covered metal containers.
- Store paint and varnish in tightly covered containers away from sources of heat.
- Keep matches out of children’s reach.
- Install child safety latches on all drawers and cabinets containing harmful products.
- Keep cleaning products in their original containers with the original labels.
You can find further safety tips for you and your family by visiting http://www.portlandonline.com/fire/index.cfm?c=51470.
Protect Yourself and Your Family Today!
April 12, 2010