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Fire Prevention Tips


HOW TO USE A PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHER

Kitchen  

     •   All electrical appliances and tools should have a testing agency 
         label. 
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Have appliances repaired if they aren't working right. 
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Don't overload outlets. 
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Water and electricity combined cause shock. Have dry hands; 
        
don't stand in water. If an appliance is wet, have it serviced. 
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Don't store things over the stove. People get burned reaching. 
        
Turn pot handles so children can't pull them down. Wear tight 
         sleeves when you cook. Loose-fitting garments can catch fire.

Living or Family Room

     •   Use large ashtrays. 
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Before you go to bed, look under cushions for burning 
        
cigarettes. 
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Use a metal fireplace screen. Have the chimney checked and 
         cleaned regularly. 
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Put lighters and matches where small children won't find them. 
         Use special outlet covers to keep children's fingers out. 
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Allow air space around the TV and stereo to prevent 
        
overheating. If the TV doesn't work right, it can be a fire danger. 
         Have it checked out. 
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Keep portable heaters away from people and combustibles.

BEDROOM

     •   Buy a smoke detector and install it outside your sleeping area. 
     •   Plan two escapes from each bedroom. 
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Don't smoke in bed. 
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Don't overload electrical outlets.

Basement, Garage, and Storage 

     •   Store gasoline and other flammables in tight metal containers. 
         Don't use flammable liquids near heat, a pilot light,  or while 
         smoking. 
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Have heating equipment checked yearly. 
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Clean your workbench. Keep flammables away from sparks. 
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If a fuse blows, find the cause. (Replace a fuse with one of the 
         correct size.) 
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Sort and remove rubbish. Don't store things near the furnace or 
         heater.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A FIRE..........

     •   Get out immediately. Don't try and grab your possessions, they 
         can be replaced, you can't. 
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Have a pre determined place to meet all the occupants of the 
         residence so every one can be accounted for 
     •  
Call the Fire Department. Don't assume some one else has. 
     •   Give any information you can to the fire department regarding 
         the location of the fire and what is burning.

HOW TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER:

REMEMBER "P.A.S.S."-----

P-----Pull the pin

A----Aim the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the flames

S----Squeeze trigger while holding the extinguisher upright.

S----Sweep the extinguisher from side to side, covering the area of the fire with the exinguisher agent.

 

 



 
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