is a Crime
Arson is a
crime, a crime that we all pay for. It raises our insurance
rates, costs us tax dollars, causes property damage, injuries and even
deaths. If you have information about an arson fire you can contact the
Investigations Division at 457-2636, Monday - Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM.
detectors save lives. It is important to make sure that you keep
a working smoke detector in every room of your home. You should
test your detectors when moving your clocks for Daylight Saving Time.
You should also replace the batteries at least once a year and replace
detectors 10 years after the detector was manufactured (that
information can be found on the back of the detector).
Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed
alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
Stay in the kitchen while you are frying,
grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short
period of time, turn off the stove.
If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or
boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is
cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts,
wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your
Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all
Avoid running extension cords across doorways or
In homes with small children, unused wall
sockets and extension-cord receptacles should have plastic safety
Consider having additional circuits or outlets
added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension
Follow the manufacturer's instructions for plugging an
appliance into a receptacle outlet.
Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage
appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
If outlets or switches feel warm, shut off the circuit and
have them checked by an electrician.
When possible, avoid the use of "cube taps" and other devices
that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single
Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn
and use bulbs that match the lamp's recommended wattage.
Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from
heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or
portable space heater.
Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open
fires and space heaters.
Never use your oven to heat your home.
Have a qualified professional install
stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating
equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned
and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
Remember to turn portable heaters off when
leaving the room or going to bed.
Always use the right kind of fuel, specified
by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen
to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before
putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance
away from your home.
Test smoke alarms monthly.
Fire Protection Association (NFPA) & Indiana Department of
Fire Safety Resources
Safety & Prevention for Homeowners