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Fire Safety Tips

Fire safety is an important job, but, often overlooked. Partial or complete loss of ones home and business can be avoided by simply taking a few minutes to inspect for fire hazards. If hazards are found, they should be corrected immediately. Below is a list of common fire safety tips that can be used to prevent a tragedy for you, your family, and friends.

  • Know what to do if your clothes catch fire. Remember Stop, Drop, and Roll. Doing this will smother the flames. Remember to cover your face with your hands.
  • Have at least one working smoke detector on each floor of the building.At home, they should be placed near or in sleeping quarters. Remember to test the smoke detector monthly and to replace the batteries every six months.
  • Use electricity safely. Do not overload extension cords and replace cords that are frayed and worn out. Also, do not run electrical cords under rugs or furniture. Multi-outlet power strips are a known cause of fire. Use them sparingly and inspect them often. If electrical appliances are not working properly, unplug them and either repair or replace.
  • Use fire safely. Never leave a burning candle unattended and place away from anything chimney inspections and cleanings are a must. All lighters and matches should be stored out of the reach of children. Also remember to extinguish smoking materials completely and allow to cool before disposing of. Smoking in bed should never be allowed.
  • Points of ignition can include water heaters, furnaces, fireplaces, stoves, candles, and clothes dryers among others.
  • If using space heaters, remember to keep them at least 3 feet away from furniture, draperies, or anything else combustible.
  • The holidays are a special time for all of us. Using common sense can keep them merry instead of tragic. If using a live Christmas tree, remember to water it daily and to use laboratory tested and labeled lighting. Keep trees away from sources of heat and exits. A burning tree will totally engulf a home in fire in less than one minute.
  • Install, and, know how to use fire extinguishers. They are your first line of defense with small fires. Remember P.A.S.S., Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep. If the fire continues to grow, immediately retreat and call the fire department.
  • A growing trend is the use of home sprinkler systems. If you are planning on building or are in the process of building a home, check into it. They can greatly reduce loss in case of a fire and maybe save you a few dollars on your homeowners insurance.

Make sure EVERYONE knows what to do in case of a fire. Fire moves very quickly and waits for no one. Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning structure. Your life and those that you care about depend on it.

Have an exit plan in place and practice it on a regular basis, so everyone in your home knows what to do in case of a fire. Also, make sure that you have a designated meeting place outside the home where everyone knows to meet. You can contact the Wauseon Fire Department to have someone assist your family in making a fire safety plan.

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