How to Prevent Home Fires

Home fires are preventable. The following are simple steps that each of us can take to prevent a tragedy.

Cooking Safety Tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you’re frying, grilling, or broiling food.
  • If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
  • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of three feet around the stove.
  • Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings.
  • Keep grills out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
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Smoking Safety Tips

  • Smoke outside, and completely stub out butts in an ashtray or a can filled with sand.
  • Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away. Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can.
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used, even if it’s turned off. Oxygen can be explosive and makes fire burn hotter and faster.
  • Be alert, and don’t smoke in bed! If you’re sleepy, you’ve been drinking, or you’ve taken medicine that makes you drowsy, put your cigarette out first.
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