Lardeau Fire Prevention Association
“Fire safety begins at home”
Spring Fire Safety Tips!
In your House
· Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, change batteries immediately if needed. “remember…it’s a sound you can live with”
· Check your fire extinguishers.
· Check for overloaded or damaged extension cords, replace where needed.
· Ensure you have an emergency preparedness kit in case of incidents such as power outages and flooding.
· Practice your families fire escape plan so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency
· Windows should be checked to ensure they open and close properly, in case they are needed as an exit.
· Properly store household chemicals and never mix cleaning agents.
· Recycle: Get rid of old newspapers, magazines and junk mail. These items tend to pile up and can greatly contribute to the severity and spread of fire.
· Check and clean filters above stove.
· Pull refrigerator out and vacuum or dust the coils.
· Always keep stairs and landings clear for safe evacuation in event of an emergency.
Around the house
· Make sure your address numbers are up and visible from the street.
· Maintain a clear 'fire zone' of 10 feet around structures.
· Check outdoor electrical outlets and other electrical appliances for animal nests and to ensure proper wiring.
· Keep 100' of garden hose with an attached nozzle connected and ready for use.
· Remove leaves and trash from carports and garages: Combustible materials are dangerous if they are exposed to heated automobile components, especially under the vehicle.
· Clean up and properly store paints, pool and yard chemicals.
· Check fuels containers for leaks and make sure they are properly stored.
· Let power equipment sit for approximately 30 minutes before placing it inside to be sure there is no possibility of fire.