Fire Safety: Firefighter FAIL – How not to fight a fire on a ladder.

Even Fire Fighters are at risk using everyday tools when on the job.
In this video, can you spot the potential safety issues?

Tips when using an extension ladder:

  • When climbing the ladder be sure there are always 3 points of contact.
  • There should only be one person on the ladder at a time.
  • Tie base of ladder off securely to ensure it will not slip.

Fire Safety: Christmas Tree Fire Safety

Christmas is here and many of you have already put up your Christmas tree.  Take a look at this list of 10 safety tips to see to see how many ways you can improve your Christmas Fire Safety.

1. Be sure to place Christmas tree a safe distance from any other heat source.
2. Keep the tree hydrated.
3. Cut a minimum of 2” off the bottom of the tree to increase water absorption
4. Keep the Christmas tree from toppling over by securing the tree to the wall using guide wire.
5. Not all artificial trees are fire resistant, check the manufactures label for the fire rating.
6. Do not use electric lights on a metal tree.
7. When putting up the lights, make sure the electric wires are undamaged and have no missing lights and sockets.
8. Be sure the electric wires are UL rated.
9. Put fragile ornaments up high and put floppy ones on the bottom of the Christmas tree.
10. Instead of using metal hooks, use Louisiana ribbons instead for your family’s safety.

Fire Safety: Halloween Fire Safety

Halloween is quickly approaching.  Kids and adults are preparing for a night of trick-or-treating, costumes, parties, and lots of fun.  However during this time of year remember that there are many things that you can do to keep yourself fire safe.

  1. Be sure your costume is fire safe.  Only buy costumes for kids that have a label that says it is made out of non-flammable material.
  2. if wearing a mask, be sure your vision is not impaired or blocked.
  3. When out trick-or-treating be sure to carry a flashlight or glow stick so that you are visible to drivers.
  4. Use battery operated lights to light your pumpkin instead of candles.
  5. If you have lights and decorations, be sure tape or securely fasten the extension cords to the ground so they are not a tripping hazard.
  6. Do not leave pumpkins with lit candles unattended.
  7. If you are an adult and plan to drink cocktails, designate a driver to keep you and others safe.

Following these tips will ensure a safe and happy Halloween.


Fire Safety and Suppression: Smoke Detector Tips

Smoke Detector’s will give you advanced notice of a fire before it gets out of hand giving you more time to escape.

Here are 3 easy smoke detector tips:

  1. Make sure your home has smoke detectors.  Click here to learn more about where they should be placed throughout the house.
  2. Be sure to manually test the smoke detectors once a month to ensure they are properly functioning.
  3. Change the batteries every Spring and Fall.

Following these tips are easy and will ensure that your smoke detectors will work in case of a fire emergency.


Fire Safety: Emergency Evacuation Plans

All members of the family need to know the way out in case of an emergency.

The most important part of home fire safety is “Be Prepared”

One way to guarantee that you are prepared is to discuss and practice with your family emergency evacuation routes.
Emergency evacuation plans are quite simple to make and should include the following:

  • A layout of your house. The drawing does not have to be professionally done but it should include: bedrooms, living areas, garages, and bathrooms.
  • Each room should show two different means of exiting the room. Egress can be through a door or a window.
  • Discuss a predetermined meeting place to avoid separation and confusion.
  • Practice evacuating from each and every room so that you are familiar with each and every route.

Evacuation plans need to be practiced on a routine basis.   Should a fire breakout, stay calm and evacuate your home the way that you practiced.

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Fire Safety: Fuel Modification

If you live in a rural or unincorporated area, it is likely that that you live in an area that has a natural fire cycle that can place you and your home at risk.  These areas have native vegetation that create a huge fire danger.  It is important that every homeowner create a Defensible Space around their home to 1) protect the home and 2) provide a safety zone for fire fighters.

Below is a graph that shows a homeowner what they need to do to have a Defensible Space by modifying the fuel around one’s home.

Reduce combustible vegetation around your home and create a defensible space.

Vacation Fire Safety

The boys on "Summer Vacation"

It’s that time of the year when people consider and plan their vacations, usually away from home to some extent, so I encourage anyone to read on to update your plans and not to overlook some safety tips to make sure that trip is loaded with fun and entertainment.

As you decide on places to go don’t forget to check for some of the items you might bring or need.

  • If you’re planning an excursion to a beach, lake or other water area don’t forget to plan for some level of sun protection be it an umbrella, head and body covering, sunglasses or lotion.
  • Of course you’ll want to check for water safety gear such as life preservers, rope, whistle and any other gear which might be useful.
  • If your heading for an inland area consider the equipment you’ll need if you are in some remote location; simple things like matches, first aid kit, personal shelter, cutting tools and a signaling device such as a whistle, cell phone or mirror.

Now that you have decided on your vacation itinerary it’s probably a good idea to take into consideration some things to leave your home in a manner that will secure it while you are gone.

  • Remember it’s best to make your home look and behave in a normal occupied fashion.
  • Do not post your vacation plans on the “Social” media
  • Arrange for your mail, newspaper or any other home delivered items to be halted or picked up by friend or neighbor.
  • Use automatic timers to operate lights, television, and radio at normal times.
  • Place shades and blinds in the normal position.
  • Check and then use all locks on doors and windows.
  • Do not announce vacation plans on home answering machine.
  • When possible contact your local police department to arrange for a periodic drive by.
  • Have some friends or neighbors assist in watching over your place
  • Leave vacation contacts and plans with trusted persons.
  • Have someone maintain the property; cut grass, replace trash cans.
  • Have a neighbor park in your driveway

Here are some additional items to make that trip worry free.

  • Check your home protection devices to be sure they are in service; items such as your smoke and fire alarms.
  • Notify any alarm monitoring service of your absence.
  • Verify that your automatic fire sprinkler systems is operational
  • Check your transportation vehicle for tires and windshield wipers.
  • Brush up on driving techniques for the areas you might be driving to.
  • It’s not a bad idea to turn off your local natural gas service.

Have a great safe vacation and don’t forget to return the favors for your friends and neighbors when they take their vacations.