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Fire Prevention Tips

Arson 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.

Smoke Detectors

Smoke 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).

Cooking Safety

  • 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 stovetop.

Electrical Safety

  • Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices.

  • Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.

  • In homes with small children, unused wall sockets and extension-cord receptacles should have plastic safety covers.

  • Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.

  • 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 receptacle.

  • Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp's recommended wattage.

Heating Safety

  • 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.

Holiday Safety

Sources: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) & Indiana Department of Homeland Security

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