Fire Prevention Week 2018: LOOK

Look. Listen. Learn

Today’s message of the week is “LOOK“.  What does this mean?  It means to stop and look around at different things in your home that could potentially be a fire hazard and correct it.  Some key items to look at are:

KITCHEN

  • Anything that can catch fire is kept away from the stovetop
  • Children are kept at least 3 feet (1 Metre) away from the stove and any areas where hot food or drink is being prepared
  • Pets are kept off of cooking surfaces and nearby countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto burners
  • Food that is simmering, baking ,roasting, or boiling is being checked on by someone in the home

HEATERS

  • Anything that can burn is kept at least 3 feet (1 Metre) away from heating equipment
  • Children are kept at least 3 feet (1 Metre) away from open fires or space heaters
  • Heating equipment and chimneys are cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional
  • Portable heaters are turned off when leaving the room or going to bed
  • If you have a fireplace, making sure it has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from entering the room

ELECTRICAL

  • All electrical work in a home is performed by a qualified technician
  • Only one heat-producing appliance is plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time.  Extension cords are not used
  • Electrical cords are checked to make sure they aren’t running across doorways or under carpets

Remember, fire safety and prevention starts with you!

Look. Listen. Learn

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