Winter Fire Safety Tips for:
- If you are having a new Fireplace installed in your home, make sure
the company installing it is a reputable company to assure it is installed
- Obtain a permit from your local Municipality / City /
- If you presently have a fireplace, have it checked for
cracks, and the damper is working properly.
- Have the chimney inspected
annually, and cleaned if needed.
- Only burn hard woods, as soft
woods will produce creosote, and block the chimney.
- Never start
a fire using flammable liquids.
- Never burn charcoal. Burning charcoal
can give off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide.
- Have a metal screen
or glass in front to prevent sparks from jumping out.
- Keep all combustibles
a safe distance away
- If you use synthetic logs, follow manufactures
instructions. Never break them in small pieces.
and only burn one log at a time.
- Before going to sleep, be sure
your fireplace fire is out. Never close the damper with hot ashes
in the fireplace. This will force toxic carbon monoxide in your home.
removing ashes from the fireplace, place them in a metal container,
and put them outside, a safe distance from the house. Never put them
in plastic containers or containers containing trash.
- Have a FIRE
EXTINGUISHER accessible to the area where the fireplace is located,
and have it checked annually. Know how to operate it.
- Have a CARBON
MONOXIDE DETECTOR located outside your sleeping area.
- Be sure to
have SMOKE ALARMS on each level of your home, outside your sleeping
area, and test them monthly.
- If you have a problem with the fireplace,
or think you have a chimney fire, get everybody out of the house and
Portable Electric Heaters
- Portable Electric Heaters can be very dangerous. If you follow these
rules, they will help you
in using your portable heater safely.
- When purchasing a new electric heater, be
sure it is UL or FM listed.
- Always follow manufactures instructions
- Try to use the heater without
using an extension cord.
- If you need to use an extension cord, make
sure it is heavy enough to carry the amp load. If you are not sure,
get professional advice. If you use an improper cord, it could overheat
an cause a fire. Always check cords for cracks and bad plugs before using.
you plug the heater cord in the electrical outlet, if the lights in
the room dip, shut it off immediately. This shows you are overloading
- Get professional advise to assure the proper circuit breakers
/ fuses are the correct type in the main electrical panel for this
type of use.
- When using the heater, keep a safe distance from all
- Avoid using electric heaters around water, especially
- Keep all children away from the heater. They could get
a shock or burned.
- Be sure to have working SMOKE ALARMS on each level
of your home, and outside your sleeping area. Test them monthly.
the cord or plug becomes very hot, shut the heater off immediately.
the heater or cord start smoking, get everybody out of the house, then
"SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES"
The majority of fatal home fires happen at night. The smell of smoke
won't always wake you up.
in fact, smoke and poisonous gasses can put you in a deeper sleep. Home
smoke alarms can wake you in time to escape. Follow these rules, and
they will help you to get out of your house safely in the event of a
- Selecting a smoke alarm for your home. Some smoke alarms operate
on batteries, and some are wired to the house electrical system.
The ideal setup is wired to the house electrical system, with
battery backup. When purchasing the smoke alarms, be sure they are UL
or FM listed.
- Install a smoke alarm on every floor of your home, including
the basement, and outside each sleeping area. If you sleep with the
bedroom door closed, you should have one in the bedroom. Smoke alarms
should also be located in family rooms, dens, living rooms, other living
areas, and at the top or bottom of all stairways. If someone in your
home is hearing impaired, you can install a smoke alarm with a louder
alarm, or a smoke alarm with a flashing light as well as the alarm.
installing the alarms remember, smoke rises, so the smoke alarm should
be located high on the wall, or on the ceiling. Never place them close
to a forced air register where drafts could interfere with its operation.
Smoke alarms should not be located where cooking fumes, steam, or automobile
exhaust might set off a false alarm.
- Smoke alarms should be tested monthly,
or by manufacturer's recommendations. The battery must be replaced
yearly. Never remove the battery from the smoke alarm for other uses.
the smoke alarm should sound, and their is no visible smoke, investigate
and try to determine what activated the alarm. If you have a doubt,
call 9-1-1. If the alarm sounds and smoke is present, get everyone out
of the house. Have a designated meeting place outside the house so everyone
can be accounted for, and have someone call 9-1-1.
- If you have any questions
about your smoke alarms, what type to get, where to locate them, etc.,
call your local fire department or the Atlantic County Office of Fire
Safety at (609) 407-6741.
Wood Stove Safety
Due to the high cost of fuel energy, many people are installing wood stoves
to supplement their present heating systems. It is very important that
the wood stove be installed properly. A improper installed stove can cause
a fire. Obtain a permit from your local code enforcement office, before
installing the wood stove, and have a certified company install it. For
further information call Atlantic County office of Fire Safety at (609)
If you presently have a wood stove or fireplace, pick-up a free fire safety
informational pamphlet at any Atlantic County Library.
When you set your
clocks for Daylight Saving Time :
(DON'T FORGET TO CHANGE THE BATTERY IN YOUR SMOKE DETECTOR)