Fire extinguishers are designed to put out a small fire, not a large one. Read the instructions on your fire extinguishers to ensure proper use. Extinguishers come in a dry chemical, foam, carbon dioxide, water, or Halon form. Whatever type you buy, it should be labelled by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
Candles are one of the leading causes of fires in the home.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended – even for a few moments.
- Never leave a candle burning while you are asleep.
- Candles must be secured in a non-combustible holder.
- When the power goes out, avoid using candles for emergency lighting.
- Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
- Never place a candle near combustibles such as papers, decorations or drapes.
- Candle wicks should be cut to approximately ¼ inch prior to lighting.
- When you go out, blow out.
Matches & Lighters
- Place matches and lighters up high or locked away out of the reach of children.
- Teach young children to never touch lighters or matches.
The safe storage of 9-volt batteries cannot be underestimated. Ensure that the storage of all 9-volt batteries have the protective cover or tape installed over both terminals. If both battery terminals come in contact with a metal object it will instantly produce sufficient heat to ignite ordinary combustible materials in the immediate area.
Extension Cords and Power Bars
Extension cords and power bars must not be covered with combustible material such as carpets, cloths or bedding etc. Energized electrical cords and devices produce heat, which dissipates in the surrounding air naturally. When combustible materials cover a cord or device, the heat cannot be dissipated, which leads to the decomposition of the insulating material and potential ignition of the surrounding fuel.
- Remove lint from dryers after each load of clothes.
- Always turn off curling irons, hair straighteners and clothes irons when not in use.
- Replace appliances if they smell funny when you turn them on or don’t work correctly.
- Get rid of appliances with old or frayed cords.
- If required, use a professional to repair your appliances.
- Unplug appliances when not in use.
- Do not let appliance cords dangle off of counters – roll them up out of reach.
- Ensure electrical cords are put away and not pulled across traffic areas or placed under carpets or rugs.