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|From the Chiefs Desk|
Happy New Year
Portable Space Heater Safety Tips
During cold weather, homeowners often turn to space heaters to stay warm and supplement their central heating system. While space heaters can provide extra comfort, they are also a safety hazard if used improperly. In fact, portable heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association. By following these simple precautions, you can stay warm and safe all winter long.
Choosing a space heater. Space heaters are fueled by kerosene or gas, while electric units are also available. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends you select a unit that is certified for safe operation by the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) or another nationally recognized testing organization. Look for heaters with a guard around the flame or heating element. This will help to keep children, pets and clothing away from the heat source.
Consider the size of the area you want to heat. A heater that is too small or too large for an area can waste energy without providing the extra comfort you need.
11 Safe Operating Practices
In addition to following all manufacturer's instructions for starting, operating and storing your heater, heed these additional safety precautions:
Keep your heater in safe working condition. Do not attempt to operate a damaged unit in your home. As a precaution, have your heater inspected once a year by a qualified professional.
Even though Black Friday is over and the hordes of disgruntled shoppers have gone home, the holiday season is still a dangerous time of year.
There are about 128,700 fires each December, most of which are holiday-related, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
More than 230 fires alone are caused by Christmas trees. And those tree fires on average cause six civilian deaths, 22 civilian injuries and $18.3 million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
To enjoy this holiday season without worrying about a dry tree sparking a flame or a bit-too-crisp cooking adventure leading to disaster, check out the following tips for a safe celebration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Be Prepared – Have a fire extinguisher (multipurpose, dry-powder) ready at all times in the event that the oil ignites.