Chief’s Message Winter 2013

MESSAGE FROM FIRE CHIEF CZERNIAK

You changed batteries in your smoke alarms, even replaced them if they have become too old, you have installed a CO detector, or made sure yours is working properly, your children have reminded you of having and practicing a meeting place in case of fire or emergency, you have created an emergency kit (one for your home and one for you auto) and have made sure it hasn’t had items removed and the food in it isn’t expired.  That leaves you ready for some additional ideas and suggestions for winter and the holidays!

Because heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths, consider the following:

  • Have a three-foot ‘kid free zone’ around open fires and space heaters.
  • Remember to turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Never use your oven t to heat your home.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.  Ashes should be cold before putting them into a metal container and keep the container a safe distance from your home.

As to the holidays and its’ decorations:

  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.  Remember, almost HALF of all home decoration fires are started by candles!
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.

Don’t forget to visit look up the many topics on our website, topics such as burning information, safety information, membership information, and local ordinances.

Please stay fire safe and enjoy all the winter and all the holidays have to offer!