November 2010 Heaters/Fireplaces


 NOVEMBER SAFETY TIPS

 

The Cedar Mountain Fire Protection District Administrative Control Board hopes the citizens of Kane County have a safe holiday season.  Here are some tips as we move into the winter months and the Thanksgiving holiday. 

 

Some common sense can prevent a heater fire. All heating systems can start fires if not used and maintained properly. Heating your home during the colder months of the year can prove dangerous, if you do not follow a few simple safety precautions.

 

If your home has baseboard heaters, you should check them often to remove objects that have fallen on top of or near the heater. Remember that any time objects like newspapers, furniture or blankets are close to heaters, a fire can start. 

 

Portable heaters heat up rapidly and, like baseboard heaters, they can easily ignite any flammable item left nearby. Always turn portable heaters off if you leave the room or are going to fall asleep.  When shopping for a portable heater, choose a model with a temperature control, an automatic shut-off device, and a seal of approval from an independent testing laboratory, indicating that it has met basic safety standards.

 

Remember to keep portable heaters three foot away from anything that can burn.  Always place portable heaters on flat surfaces and turn the heater off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

Only use household extension cords with portable heaters. If you must use an extension cord, make certain that it is a heavy-duty cord.

 

If you use a fireplace to heat your home have your chimney inspected by a professional and if

necessary, cleaned before each heating season. Creosote can build up along the inside of the

chimney and pose a fire hazard.  Always use a fire screen to contain sparks.  Never burn rubbish in your fire place. Make certain anything flammable is kept a safe distance away from the fireplace.  You should \never leave fires unattended, especially in areas used by children or pets.

Clean out the ashes when cool and place the hot ashes in a metal container.

 

If a fire does occur in your home, a working smoke alarm can save your life.  Make certain smoke alarms are installed on every level of your home and outside every sleeping area. Test your smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.  Everyone in your home should know what to do in the event of a fire. Plan and practice a home escape plan.

Make sure everyone knows at least two ways out of every sleeping area. Decide upon a place outside of the home, where everyone will meet in the event of fire. Make certain everyone understands that once they have left a burning building they should never go back inside. Call 911 from a safe phone.

 

The CMFPD hopes you all have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

 

                                                                                    Mike Petullo CEM Chairman

                                                                                    CMFPD Administrative Control Board