Reduce the risk of fire in your home
The home should be a safe haven. In reality, it is where most injuries and devastating property losses occur. In fact, home injuries are one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of 5 and fire is the second leading cause of accidental death in the home. Additionally, property losses exceed 4 billion dollars annually. The long-term emotional damage to victims and their loved ones is incalculable.
To keep your family and property safe, practice the following safety tips:
- Dial 911 for police, fire and ambulance.
- Install smoke alarms.
- A minimum of one for each level of home. One in each bedroom is better.
- Test the alarms monthly.
- Change battery once a year.
- Install carbon monoxide detector if home has gas appliances
- Keep a 5lb ABC fire extinguisher on each level of home.
- If your home has a residential sprinkler system, be sure to test it at least once a year. If not, consider having a residential sprinkler system installed to protect your family and their belongings.
- Learn CPR.
- Make a home escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
In the yard or garage:
- Make sure address is clearly visible from street.
- Maintain 36" clearance around water heater.
- Keep flammable liquids in well-ventilated space and away from sources of ignition. Store in proper containers.
- Place oily rags in a metal container with a tight fitting lid.
- Only store as much paint, chemicals, fuel, etc. as needed.
- Turn off LPG tank on BBQ when not in use.
- Install appropriate barriers to pools and other sources of water.
In the home:
- Don't overload electrical outlets.
- Unplug small appliances when not in use.
- Properly dispose of smoking materials and don't smoke in bed.
- Do not run electrical cords under rugs or furniture.
- Replace all worn or damaged electrical wiring.
- Keep portable space heaters at least 3 feet from combustibles.
- Never leave burning candles unattended.
In homes with small children:
- Install protective covers on all electrical outlets.
- Shorten blind cords or secure up high.
- Attach dressers to wall to prevent tipping over.
- Keep medicines, vitamins, cleaners, sharp utensils, etc. up high and in locked cabinet.
- Use toilet lid lock.
- Turn handle of pot on stove to the side or use rear burners.
- Keep matches and lighters out of reach.
- Use child gate at top and bottom of stairs.
For more information, please contact the Scottsdale Fire Department at (480) 312-FIRE (3473).