AVON, Ohio – Avon’s Fire Prevention Bureau provides solid fire tips for homeowners. Autumn, said Fire Chief Frank Root, means sealed up homes, fireplaces and holiday trees and decorations are just around the corner. He offered a list of fire safety tips for “for keeping you safe in your home.” The tips go into clear detail and offer some possible new perspectives.
He also noted the department has added a lieutenant to the Fire Prevention Bureau. Each company’s captain and lieutenant are required to become a State Certified Fire Safety Inspector.
For questions or further advice on any of the tips, recommendations on fire safety equipment or for a home inspection through the city’s Fire Prevention Bureau, call the Avon Fire Department at 440-934-1222.
Fire safety tips for the home include:
· Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector: Have a good quality CO detector located within the living quarters of your home. A plug-in type is recommended for greatest reliability. Test the CO detector once a month using the manufacturer’s recommended procedure.
· Child Locator Stickers: Placing a child locator sticker in your child’s window will help the fire department to rapidly locate the child’s room. Remember to remove the sticker when you move the child’s room. Free child locator stickers are available at the fire department.
· Fire Escape Ladders: A vital second way out in many houses with upper-floor sleeping areas is by way of a fire escape ladder. Like the fire escape plan, practicing with your ladder will help you when it is needed.
· Fire Escape Plan: Have a plan. Know what to do before your smoke detector sounds. Get together as a family and develop a fire escape plan for use in your home. Establish 2 ways out from sleeping rooms, set a meeting place, who will contact the fire department once you are out, what to do if you are trapped by fire and never, under any circumstance, go back in the house. Once your plan is in place, practice it on smoke detector test night. Practice the plan regularly.
· Fire Extinguisher: Have a household quality ABC-rated fire extinguisher located close to the kitchen. Inspect the extinguisher once a month and replace it using the manufacturer’s recommended procedure. If you have to discharge the extinguisher, call the fire department to ensure the fire has been completely extinguished.
· Flammable Liquid Storage: Never store flammable liquids such as gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene in the house. Keep flammable liquids in reasonable quantities, usually 5 gallons is sufficient for the average household. Store the liquids in UL-approved containers specific for the flammable liquid (red=gasoline, yellow=diesel, blue=kerosene). Never mix fuel containers. Placing gasoline in a kerosene can and accidentally using it in a kerosene appliance can have deadly effects.
· Furnaces: Have your furnace inspected by a reputable heating company prior to heating season. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning HVAC Technicians are trained to inspect the inner-workings of the furnace and ensure that it is tuned up and operating both safely and efficiently. Keep all combustibles at least 36 inches away from any furnace. Visually inspect the flue pipe for signs of leakage, damage, corrosion and see that the connection to the chimney is sealed and in good repair. Hot water tanks should be treated in the same manner as your furnace.
· Smoke Detectors: Place a minimum of one on each floor as well as one in close proximity to all sleeping quarters. Test the operation of each smoke detector using the test button once a month. Remember to change the batteries each Daylight Savings time change. Free smoke detectors are available to Avon residents at the fire department.
· Wood Burning Appliances: Have your chimney and fireplace cleaned and inspected by a reputable chimney sweep prior to the fall burning season. The use of cleaning logs is not effective enough to remove creosote the buildup. Gas-fired fireplaces will not build up creosote but can become clogged with soot and other materials. Inspect these appliances also.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .