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55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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SafetyTIPS: Spring Into Safety




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

Protect Yourself and Your Family Today!

April 12, 2010


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