HOME FIRE SAFETY IS UP TO YOU!
Check out the safety information below from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Portland Fire & Rescue
What Can You Do to Prevent Fires?
Don’t smoke in bed or when feeling drowsy.
Don’t smoke while using oxygen.
Use large, deep, sturdy ashtrays.
Wet cigarette butts and ashes before disposing them.
Don’t leave cooking food unattended.
Set a timer or turn on a light as a reminder you are cooking.
Don’t cook if you are drowsy from medication or alcohol.
Don’t wear loose sleeves over hot stove burners – they can melt, ignite, or catch on handles of pots and pans.
Keep dishtowels paper towels, potholders, and other combustible items away from stove burners.
- If a pan of food catches fire, carefully slide a lid over it and turn off the burner.
- Maintain electrical cords and appliances.
- Do not place electrical cords under rugs.
- Plug appliances directly into wall outlets.
Home Heating Safety
- Use space heaters carefully.
- Keep space heaters at least 3 feet from items that can burn.
- Make sure your space heater has an automatic tip-over switch.
- Unplug heaters when not in use, before going to bed, and before leaving home.
- Don’t use extension cords with space heaters.
- Maintain woodstoves and fireplaces.
- Have a professional clean and inspect chimney and woodstove flues yearly.
- Keep combustibles 3 feet from fire and sources of heat.
- Always use a fireplace screen.
- Dispose of ashes in a metal container, outside and away from combustibles.
Do You Have the Tools for Fire Safety?
- Have smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in each bedroom.
- Have someone push the test button, and vacuum smoke alarm vent once a month.
- Make sure everyone in the home can hear the smoke alarms, especially while sleeping.
- Smoke alarms for the deaf or hard of hearing are available.
Home Fire Escape Plan
- Know two ways out of every room and two ways out of your home.
- Make sure windows and doors open easily.
- Plan your escape based on your abilities.
- In a fire, get out and stay out.
- Don’t go back in for family, pets, or personal items.
- Once you have escaped, call 9-1-1.
What To Do if You Catch on Fire?
- Stop, drop, and roll if you are able.
- If you can’t stop, drop, and roll, smother flames with towel or blanket.
- Get medical help immediately.
Home Fire Sprinklers
- If possible, choose to live in a home that has fire sprinklers installed.
- If you’re building a new home or moving to a new facility, make sure it has a home fire sprinkler system.
- Installing both smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers reduces the risk of death in a home fire.
Click here to view the above information in a brochure form created by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office. If you have further questions, you are encouraged to contact Portland Fire & Rescue's Public Education Office at (503) 823-3700.
May 10, 2010