Chief’s Spring Message 2016

Not trying to write the same thing every time I write for the newsletter, I went to the internet and stole these timely tips to share with you as spring arrives and summer shall soon follow!

As you do your spring cleaning, dispose of those old cans of paint and thinners and accumulated newspapers and magazines. Check local newspapers for times and locations to drop off household hazardous materials.

  • As you clean windows, check them for ease of opening as you may need them as a means of exit in case of fire.
  • Replace or clean your furnace filter. A dirty filter can lower the efficiency of the heating/cooling system, increase costs and cause fires.
  • Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter. Keeping this clean of cooking grease will help keep a stovetop fire from spreading.
  • Always have a multi-purpose fire extinguisher accessible. Make sure it is Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed or Factory Mutual (FM) approved. Check the gauges to make sure they are charged and ready to use.
  • Check your water heater. If you have a gas-fired water heater, check to make sure it is venting properly. Light a match next to the vent and wave it out (don’t blow it out). See if the smoke is pulled up into the vent. If it isn’t, have a professional inspect and repair it. Otherwise, carbon monoxide and other combustibles can build up in the home.
  • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer. Poor maintenance allows lint to build up in the exhaust duct and cause fire.
  • When using ladders, check for safe and proper placement. Be aware of any obstructions, overhead wires, electrical, cable, phone and tree branches.
  • Check cords and outlets for fraying or exposed wiring on all electrically operated equipment.
  • On gas operated equipment, check fuel lines and connectors for leaking fuel. Never use or store gasoline indoors.

In closing, I hope you have changed your smoke alarm batteries when you changed your clock, please consider joining our volunteer organization and lastly, if you have a life threatening emergency, call 911 and we will respond.