Home Safety Tips
Propane Barbecue Grills
- These steps must be taken before using a gas-fired barbecue.
- Read all the manufacturer's instructions thoroughly.
- Gas-fired barbecues are to be utilized by adults - never by children.
- Gas-fired barbecues must never be used in any structure or on any balcony. When not in use they should be stored in a shaded open area, away from any structure.
- Flammable gas cylinders have a left-hand thread. (This is the reverse of normal threading and they are tightened by turning counterclockwise).
- Check all connections with soapy water to detect leaks.
- Never transport cylinders in the trunk of the car - put the cylinder on the floor in an upright position with all windows open.
- Empty rusty cylinders should be replaced.
Housekeeping For Fire Prevention
- Keep escape routes clear. Make sure windows and doors are not blocked and can be opened easily.
- Don't store anything under stairs. Keep stairs and hallways free of clutter.
- Keep matches and lighters away from children. Store them in a safe place.
- Store oily rags in covered metal containers. Or, better yet, throw them and paint rags out.
- Keep rubbish and anything away from heat sources. Such as the kitchen cooking range and oven, furnace and portable heaters.
- Don't throw ashes or smoking materials in wastebaskets. Always place ashes in covered metal containers outside your home and garage.
- Clean up spills immediately. Clean up work areas after each use, especially sawdust, oil and grease.
- Unplug heating appliances (irons, toasters, etc.) after each use.
- Replace or repair any appliance that sparks or smokes.
- Make sure TVs and stereos have space for air circulation.
- Remove lint from the clothes dryer filter after each use.
- Check the water level in heating equipment when in use weekly.
- Never leave the kitchen unattended while cooking.
- Keep the range, oven, and vent fan clean and grease free.
- Keep children away from the range and oven when cooking.
- Turn the pot and pan handles inward, and cook on the back burners first when you can.
- Use potholders or oven mitts - never towels or other cloths.
- Keep curtains and paper towels away from the range and oven area.
- Don't wear long, loose-fitting sleeves when cooking.
- Use flammable liquids far away from heat sources in a well-ventilated area.
- Refuel motors and portable heaters outside, after they have cooled.
- Never smoke around flammable liquids.
- Never use gasoline indoors, to light a fire, or to clean paint brushes.
Heating Equipment Safety
- Have your furnace inspected and cleaned yearly by a professional.
- Check your chimney for cracks and loose bricks. Have the chimney cleaned regularly.
- Always use a fire screen with your fireplace.
- Never use your range or oven for heating or for drying clothes.
- Do not overload circuits or outlets.
- Replace any electrical cords that are not in good condition.
- Do not run electrical cords through doorjambs or under rugs or furniture.
- Avoid using extension cords - if you must, make sure the rating is right for the job.
- Have all electrical work conform to the local electrical code and by a professional electrician.
Fire Prevention: "The Best Way To Stop Fires Is To Prevent Them"
- Install smoke detectors on all levels of your home. Follow the directions provided when purchasing smoke detectors.
- Plan a fire escape (at least once every 6 months).
- Each person should use a primary and alternate escape route.
- Never re-enter a burning building or home.
- Have an outside meeting place.
- Stay calm.