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From the Chief's Desk

From the Chiefs Desk  -  Holiday Season

 

 


This is the second of several Fire Safety Tips that will be communicated during the Holiday Season.
 

Candle Fire Safety

Candles are being used in 70% of America’s homes for their fragrance, focal point of décor and aromatherapy-like relaxation and stress reduction.  Many say that candles make a room comfortable and cozy.  Candles are also used in the religious ceremonies of many faiths.

But nearly 10,000 residential fires are caused each year by the careless or inappropriate use of candles.

  • Bedroom fires caused 32% of deaths associated with candle fires and 47% of associated injuries.
  • On average, 25 home candle fires are reported per day.
  • Falling asleep was a factor in 11% percent of the home candle fires and 30% of the associated deaths.
  • More than half (58%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.
  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 11% of home candle fires began with decorations, compared to 4% the rest of the year.

 

Follow these tips on using candles safely.

Always keep a burning candle within sight.
     Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing

Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire.
     Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.

Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.

Trim candlewicks to ¼ inch each time before burning.
     Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping.

Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use.
     The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.

Be sure the candleholder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
     This can help prevent heat damage to underlying surfaces and prevent glass containers from breaking.

Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.

Always read and follow the manufacturer's use and safety instructions carefully.
     Don't burn a candle longer than the manufacturer recommends.

Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents.
     This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting. Drafts can also blow nearby lightweight items into the flame where they could catch fire.

Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
     Don't burn too many candles in a small room or in a "tight" home where air exchange is limited.

Don't burn a candle all the way down.
     Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the holder or container. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remains or ½ inch if in a container.

Never touch or move a burning candle or container candle when the wax is liquid.

Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder.
     It might scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon subsequent use.

Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another.
     This helps ensure they don't melt one another, or create their own drafts to cause improper burning.

Use a snuffer to extinguish a candle.
     It's the safest way to prevent hot wax splatters.

Never extinguish candles with water.
The water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might cause a glass container to break.

Be very careful if using candles during a power outage.
     Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure.

Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high.
     The candle isn't burning properly. Cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before relighting.

Never use a candle as a night light.

 

 

 

 


This is the first of several Fire Safety Tips that will be communicated during the Holiday Season.

Fried turkeys are delicious, but they come with a slew of safety issues. Thousands of fires as well as many deaths and injuries happen each year due to turkey fryer fires. Before you set up your turkey fryer this Thanksgiving, remember these safety tips.

 

  1. Stay Away from The House – Set up the turkey fryer more than 10 feet away from your home and keep children and pets away. Never leave it unattended.

  2. Find Flat Ground – The oil must be even and steady at all times to ensure safety. Place the fryer on a flat, level surface and carefully gauge the amount of oil needed.

  3. Use a Thawed and Dry Turkey – Make sure your Thanksgiving turkey is completely thawed and dry. Extra water will cause the oil to bubble furiously and spill over. If oil spills from the fryer onto the burner, it can cause a fire.

  4. Monitor the Temp – Use caution when touching the turkey fryer. The lid and handle can become very hot and could cause burns. Also be sure to keep track of the oil’s temperature as many fryers do not have their own thermostats.

  5. Be Prepared – Have a fire extinguisher (multipurpose, dry-powder) ready at all times in the event that the oil ignites.

 

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