Fire Prevention Tips

  • Keep matches, lighters, and dangerous chemicals away from children
  • Be sure that such items are properly stored in safe places away from any heating appliance, open flame, furnace, or fireplace or any other heat surface.
  • Never leave combustible items near fireplaces or wood burning stoves
  • Never leave cooking unattended and do not place flammable items on or near the cook top surface or within the oven
  • Never smoke in bed. Many residential fires are attributed to careless use of smoking materials.
  • Never empty ashtrays that may have smoldering ashes into the trash
  • Be sure to have your heating systems, fire places, wood burning stoves, clothes dryers, and cooking appliances checked regularly for proper operation
  • Be sure your chimney is properly cleaned when required and that the damper system is functioning properly, especially if the chimney serves as an active fireplace
  • Always use glass or metal fire screens when using fireplaces to stop sparks/embers from reaching combustible materials
  • Never use flammable liquids to start or accelerate a fire in a stove or fireplace and avoid using large amounts of paper
  • If a heating system or appliance appears to be generating an unusual amount of heat, stop using it until properly inspected
  • Be sure to empty the lint trap on clothes dryers. Buildup of excess lint can lead to heat being trapped and can cause a fire.
  • Regularly check the dryer exhaust duct to ensure free flow of heated air and clean out when necessary or as recommended by the manufacturer.