Today’s tip – Simple steps can prevent home fires
As part of National Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, the Minneapolis Fire Department is teaming up with National Fire Prevention Association to raise awareness of kitchen fire prevention. This year’s theme focuses spreading the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home and teaching people how to keep cooking fires from starting in the first place.
Here are some tips to help you prevent a fire from occurring in your home:
- Keep your cooking space clean and free of clutter. Never leave your home with the oven on, and never leave the kitchen while using the cooktop/burners. Kitchen fire safety is explained in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish as part of the City’s “Did you know.,.” series of short videos that can be viewed on the City’s YouTube channel and cable channels 14 and 79.
- Have a working smoke alarm. A working smoke alarm in your home reduces your chances of dying in a fire by nearly half. Test your smoke alarm monthly, and change the batteries twice a year.
- Place a smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside bedrooms. If you keep your bedroom doors closed, place a smoke alarm inside each bedroom as well.
- Never leave candles burning unattended. Make sure you place burning candles on a non-combustible surface, such as metal or glass, and keep them away from combustible materials such as drapes, furniture and clothing.
- Remember that space heaters need space. Keep objects at least three feet away from the heater in all directions and never connect the heater to spliced, do-it-yourself or damaged wiring.
- Never smoke when you’re drowsy or in bed. If you smoke, put your cigarettes all the way out.
- Prepare an escape plan and practice it regularly with everyone in the home. In case of a fire, follow the escape plan, get out and stay out.
Published Oct. 2, 2013