The recent brush fire in an Anthem wash was a reminder how quickly a spark can cause a larger problem, especially in this drought. With how humidity and high temperatures - as well as due to human error - house fires are a potential threat can be highly dangerous, so it's important for everyone in your family to be aware of proper fire prevention and safety. Most fires can be prevented with common sense and with the following simple fire safety tips that will help you, your family and your home stay safe.
Outdoor Safety Tips
- Keep grills, cookers and fryers at least three feet away from your house and shrubs or bushes.
- Use a metal screen over wood-burning fires to keep sparks from floating out.
- Properly extinguish wood-burning fires prior to going to bed or leaving the area.
- Never toss a cigarette, firework or fire starter into landscaping, yards, drains, on decks, or on driveways and roadways.
Indoor Safety Tips
- Test smoke alarms on a monthly basis to make sure they work. Change the batteries every six months.
- Have your chimneys, fireplaces, wood stoves and central furnace serviced once a year.
- Close the lid on all flammable products and put them away after using them.
- Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) in all electrical receptacles (outlets) in kitchens, bathrooms and other wet areas.
- Store a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. 65% of all fires start in the kitchen. They should have an ABC rating, making them usable for all types of fires.
- Never leave burning candles unattended and keep them away from upholstery or window coverings.
- Create multiple escape plans and practice them with your family. Make sure children understand how to escape in the event of a fire and pick a safe meeting place outside the home.
- Keep cooking appliances clear of combustible materials such as rags, towels and packaging materials.