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Home Fire Safety 

 
Do you practice fire drills? Do you have a safe meeting place? How will you react in an emergency? Those are all questions that if the time ever comes and you need to react will you know how? The Clearview Fire Department wants to make it known that everything needs a plan and practice. The following are a list of some things that every family should go over and agree upon:

 

 
  • Plan an escape
  • Have a safe meeting place
  • Know the sound of a smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide alarms
  • Get out and stay out. Never run back into a building even for your favorite items.
  • Practice drills
When cooking don’t become distracted, cooking is the #1 cause of home fires. Cooking needs your full attention. When cooking keep in mind:
  • Never wear baggy clothing around the oven or stove top.
  • Only use microwave safe and oven safe dishes. If you are unsure check the bottom of the dish it sometimes will say if it’s safe.
  • ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION!!
  • Keep children 1 meter away from the stove when is use.
  • Never put water on a grease fire.
  • It’s a good idea to have a fire extinguisher in your home.

When at home some more safety tips to keep in mind and things to discuss with your family: 

  • Never smoke in bed!
  • If you are a smoker use large deep and sturdy ash trays.
  • Soak cigarette or cigar butts, ashes and matches with water before throwing in the garbage.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Avoid smoking if you have consumed alcohol or medications, so that you don’t fall asleep while smoking.
  • Extension cords are used for temporary use, it’s the law.
  • Don’t forget to get appliances serviced to ensure they are in proper working order i.e. your chimney and fireplace gas or wood.

Use of Portable Heaters

As the weather changes people could find themselves using portable heaters or like some seniors like the warmth. Portable heaters are very useful when used properly and safely.

 

  • Only use space heaters that have a protection screen that is covering the elements.
  • Give space heaters at least 1 meter (3 feet) of clear space all the way around.
  • Keep flammable materials away from space heaters, including blankets and curtains.
  • Do not use portable heaters to dry items such as wet shoes, clothing and towels.
  • Never leave portable heaters unoccupied, always remember to turn off or unplug heaters before leaving your home or going to bed.

Residential Sprinklers

As you may have heard but residential sprinklers are becoming a lot more popular for many reason. A few reasons on why these sprinklers are becoming more popular is because of the positive outcome they have in a fire scenario.
  • Sprinklers….SAVE LIVES!!
  • Protects personal belongings
  • Gives you the opportunity to get out safely
  • Minimal damages occurs (some water damage versus complete destruction)
  • All heads do not activate upon detection of the fire (movie misconception of sprinklers)
  • Sprinkler pipes are no different than normal plumbing, leaks are highly unlikely
  • Some insurance companies give breaks on cost.

This link is a demonstration of a side by side burn done by the NFPA of a sprinkler room versus a non-sprinkler room. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwdntmSDgmk

Produced in partnership with the National Fire Protection Association, the video shares the truth behind common misconceptions about having fire sprinklers at home. It also reinforces how they can help make calls safer for firefighters, especially in rural communities: