Winter Fire Safety
Ensure adequate clearance from combustibles. Have the chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary. Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire. Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening. Don't use excessive amounts of paper to build roaring fires in fireplaces. Never burn charcoal indoors. Keep flammable materials away from your fireplace mantel. Before you go to sleep, be sure your fireplace fire is out. If synthetic logs are used, follow the directions on the package.
Furnace Heating Tips
Wood Stove Safety
Ensure adequate clearance from combustibles. Have the chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary. Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire. Don't use excessive amounts of paper to build roaring fires. Never burn charcoal indoors. Keep flammable materials away from your stove.
Christmas Tree and Holiday Decorations Fire Safety Decorating homes and businesses is a long standing tradition during the holiday season. Unfortunetly it’s these decorations that increase the chance of fire. Follow a few simple Christmas tree & holiday decoration fire safety tips to ensure Happy Holidays. CHRISTMAS TREES can remain relatively fire resistant if you follow these simple steps:
LIGHTS & DECORATIONS
Cooking Safety During the Holidays
“The hectic nature of entertaining during the holidays makes it easy to overlook even the most basic cooking safety rules."
We encourages all home chefs to follow these simple fire-safety tips:
1. Stay in the kitchen. Don't leave the kitchen when you are frying, broiling or grilling. If you leave the kitchen even for a brief time, be sure to turn off all the burners on the stovetop. Don't use the stovetop or oven if you are tired or have consumed alcohol or drugs.
2. Set a timer as a reminder that the range or stove is on. Ranges were involved in three of every five home cooking fires in 2011, with ovens accounting for 16 percent of home fires, according to the NFPA. Check your food frequently, and use a timer to remind yourself that the range, stove or oven is on. They’re an inexpensive way to stay safe while ensuring that your holiday dishes do not overcook.
3. Keep anything that can catch on fire away from the stovetop. Pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels and other flammable objects should be kept a safe distance from the stovetop.
4. Keep a lid or cookie sheet, baking soda and oven mitt nearby when you're cooking to use in case of a grease fire. Fire extinguisher use without training can cause a grease fire to spread and increase the chances of serious injury.
5. Ensure your smoke alarm is fully functional before the holiday cooking season begins. Install a photoelectric smoke alarm (or one having a hush button feature) that is at least 10 feet away from your kitchen and use the test button to check it each month. Replace the battery at least once per year and never disable a smoke alarm.
“If you’re considering disabling a smoke alarm, think about this: almost two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, In addition to following basic safety rules in the kitchen this holiday season, everyone should have a home fire escape plan with at least two ways out of every room. Practice at least twice a year to ensure the safety of everyone in your home all year long.”
Fire Chief for the Cloudcroft, New Mexico Fire Department