Fire Safety Prevention Tips
Fire Safety Prevention Tips
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home,inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms every month, if not operable change the batteries
- Plan a fire escape plan
- If a fire occurs in your property GET OUT as fast as you can and call 911. Do NOT go back inside for anything or anyone.
Cooking Fire Safety
- Be on alert!
- Stay in the kitchen or have someone watch what you are baking or cooking. If you leave the kitchen make sure it's for a short period of time.
- Whatever you have in the oven or the stove make sure to check regularly and remain home in the home while your food is cooking. Set a timer to remind you when your food is ready.
- Keep anything that can catch on fire - oven mitts,wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains away from your stove top.
Candle Fire Safety
- Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
- Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
IF YOU DO BURN CANDLES, make sure that you...
- Use candle holders that are sturdy and will not tip over
- light candles away from you hair or anything that can easily ignite.
- Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home
- Use flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage, never use candles.
FACT: one-third of homes catch on fire due to candles
Fire Department issues warning of extension cords
Extension cords are super handy to have around when you have something that can't reach the wall socket. But, you should be wary of plugging in too many things at once. In fact, this winter fire departments across the country are warning people about the hidden dangers of extension cords.
Power strips and extension cords are words that are often used interchangeably to describe a long electrical cord with multiple plugs, but many people don't realize they are not necessarily the same thing as a surge protectors. Surge protectors will automatically cut off the power when it gets overloaded.
Power strips may have a lot of extra sockets, but that doesn't mean it can actually handle everything you throw at it. There's a limit to how much juice those things can take! If you plug the wrong thing into a power strip, that one mistake can turn very costly - or even worse, it may take a precious life.
When it gets freezing cold outside, the first thing most people do is turn up the heat. But, if you don't have a fireplace or central heating, the next best thing is a space heater. It's compact, portable, and warms up a small room in a minimal amount of time.
But, another thing that it heats up is - you guessed it - extension cords. Even if a space heater is the only thing plugged into the power strip, it can end up making your house much hotter than you originally anticipated.
According to the National Safety Fire Administration, half of all heating home fires occur during December, January, and February. And from 2009 to 2013, heating equipment accounted for 56,000 home fires. Don't become one of those statistics!
If you're thinking of getting a space heater this winter, make sure it's been third-party tested by an independent lab, like UL. If you don't see a UL rating on the box, skip it.
Don't forget to make sure your smoke detector is working, and regularly check your space heater's cords to make sure it's not frayed or damaged. This way, you'll keep both toasty warm and safe this winter.
Federal Emergency Management App (FEMA)
This app will help fire victims for weather alerts, what to & how to prepare, and disaster resources
Wildfires have quickly erupted in Southern California. Tune in to your local officials and evacuate as instructed. Download the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency app or text SHELTER and your zip code to 43362 to find an open shelter near you. https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app
5 Wildfire Safety Tips
Riverside County wildfire
Hundreds of homes across Riverside County are near woodlands and could someday be in the path of a wildfire. Keeping your home ready for wildfires and help stop the spreading of the fires or even prevent them from the beginning.
- Keep your gutters and roofs clean. Remove dead vegetation and shrubbery from your yard that is too close to the home. Keep your lawn hydrated and cut short.
- Select building materials and plants that resist fire. Desert plants need less water and raise the property value of your home.
- Make sure driveway and your house address are clearly marked. This helps the first response teams get you faster.
- Set aside items that can be used as fire tools. A rake, axe, hand or chain saw, bucket and shovel.
- Identify and maintain a good water source outside your home. Examples include a small pond, well or swimming pool if a fire hydrant is not available.