The best way to prevent accidents involving fire is to be prepared. To help, the Memphis Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau has compiled these important Safety Tips for you to discuss with your family.
All too many times children are left by themselves and the result can be deadly. Children have a natural curiosity and the ability to copy the behaviors of their parents - such as using a lighter or match. These tools are nothing but a toy to a small child. For older children, using a lighter or match may be a way to act grown up. It only takes a few seconds for an unattended child to start a fire, so please make sure to discuss the dangers associated with these tools.
When cooking, turn pot handles inward to prevent small curious hands from severely burning themselves. Keep stoves clean. Grease can ignite if, for example, turkey drippings spill over. Never leave food unattended. Do not cook overnight.
Only use space heaters with an automatic cutoff device if turned over. Place heaters at least three (3) feet from furniture, drapes or other combustibles. Never leave your heater on when you are out or asleep. Tell your children never to stand or sit too close to the heater.
Chimneys and Wood Stoves
The use of fireplaces and wood stoves has increased in recent years. When enjoying your fire, make sure that ventilation is adequate. Clean your chimney or wood stove out and draft once a year to prevent creosote build up.
Electrical Circuit Overloading
It's tempting to plug lights, extension cords or other appliances into the handiest outlet. If you overload a circuit, you are asking for trouble. Never plug in more than two appliances in the same receptacle at one time. This also includes outside lighting.