Fire Safety facts and suggestions
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Burns and Fire-Related Injury Prevention
- Unattended cooking is the #1 cause of home fires in Alaska.
- Keep loose sleeves and long hair away from burners.
- Grease burns! Use a lid or large pan to smother a grease fire and turn off the burner.
Don't use water to put out a grease fire.
- Keep the handles of pots and pans turned sideways on the stove to avoid pulling the pan onto the floor.
- Teach children how to cook safely.
- Most common room where electrical fires begin. Children playing with matches often start fires in bedrooms and closets. Most fatal fires occur at night when people are sleeping.
- NEVER smoke in bed. Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States. Learn more about Alaska's new Fire Cigarette Law.
- Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that burns.
- Mattresses made after 2007 meet the Federal Mattress Flammability Standard and are safer.
- Don't trap electrical cords next to a wall where they can build up heat.
- Turn electric blankets and heating pads off before you get out of bed.
- Learn more about wood, kerosene and space heater safety.
- Lit candles are small fires. Treat them as such. Never leave them unattended.
- The 5 most dangerous days for candle fires are Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year's Day, New Year's Eve and Halloween.
- Use deep trays/holders for candles to catch hot melting wax of candles and for smoking.
- Many electrical fires are due to overloading electrical outlets, overloading extension cord ratings and running cords under rugs. Unplug appliances when not in use. This will also save electricity costs.
- Extension cords are designed for temporary use only.
- Keep the air vents to electronic devices clear, e.g., computers, as they build up considerable heat.
- The average garage or storage shed contains between three and 10 gallons of hazardous waste.
- This includes supplies for gardening, vehicle maintenance, grilling, home maintenance and lawn care.
- If your garage is connected to your house, keep the (fire-rated) door closed.
- Nationally, one in every 8 fire deaths is caused by a car fire. Get away from burning vehicles because tires, batteries and air bags can explode and toxic gases are emitted from many burning parts of a vehicle.
- Learn more about Fire-safe Landscaping.
- Keep firewood stacks at least 30 feet from your house.
- Eliminate small trees and bushes growing under large trees.
- Keep shrubs at least 20 feet from structures.
- Keep all flammables in approved containers.
- Have water or an extinguisher near-by if burning in your yard.