Higgins Fire District Calendar

Higgins Fire District

Higgins Fire District Calendar

Electrical Safety

  • Immediately replace any electrical cords that are cracked or frayed or that get hot during use
  • Don't overload electrical outlets or extension cords
  • If applicances aren't working right, replace them or have them repaired by a qualified service professional
  • Disconnect any electrical device if you feel a tingle when you touch it, if it emits a burning smell, or if it blows a fuse or trips a circuit breaker
  • If a fuse blows or a circuit breaker trips in your home, try to find out why before re-energizing the circuit. Make sure the new fuse is the right size and amperage
  • Fuses and circuit breakers protect you; don't bypass or tamper with them
  • If there are small children in your home, insert plastic child protector covers into electrical outlets
  • Prevent shocks. Make sure your hands are dry and do not stand in or near water when using appliances such as hair dryers. Unplug them after use. If the inside of an appliance gets wet, have it dried and serviced before using it again

Kitchen Safety

  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Keep you stove and oven clean
  • Wear close-fitting or short sleeves when cooking
  • Turn pot handles inward so they can't be knocked off the stove or pulled down by small children
  • Never leave pot holders on the stove
  • Do not hang curtains or store things over the stove
  • If a grease fire starts, carefully slide a lid over the pan to smother the flames, and turn off the burner
  • Never pour water on a grease fire!

Living and Family Room Safety

  • Have working smoke alarms, carbon monoxide (CO) detectors and fire extinguishers available
  • Use a metal screen or doors with your fireplace or woodstove
  • Have your chimney professionally checked once a year and cleaned when necessary
  • Keep portable space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn
  • No open flames or cookstoves indoors (such as during power outages). Avoid CO poisoning.
  • Always turn heaters off when you go to bed or go out
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a portable heater or woodstove operating
  • Make sure TVs and stereos have space around them to prevent overheating
  • Use extreme caution with cigarettes! Keep lighters and matches up high where young children can't see or reach them
  • Have your furnace/heating system checked every year by a service professional

Sleeping Area Safety

  • The majority of fatal home fires happen while people are sleeping. So it is extremely important to install smoke alarms in each bedroom and hall, and to practice fire escape drills
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home (including basement)
  • Test smoke detectors every month and replace the batteries twice a year (when you change clock settings each spring and fall)
  • Your smoke detector should be replaced every 10 years
  • Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced from heaters, fireplaces, furnaces and other appliances. To avoid CO poisoning, install detectors outside of each sleeping area
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Make sure everyone in your family knows the home escape plan, the meeting place, and the emergency phone number (911), which they should call from a neighbor's phone after escaping from the building. Establish an out-of-the-area family or friend to call in order to check on everyone's welfare

Garage, Workshop and Outdoor Safety

  • Always store paint and other flammable liquids (gasoline) in their original labelled containers with tight-fitting lids, preferable outdoors, in a detached garage or shed
  • Use and store flammable liquids well away from appliances, heaters, pilot lights, cigarettes, and other sources of heat
  • Never store anything near the furnace, water heater or a heater
  • Never use gasoline to start a barbeque or campfire
  • Keep barbeques outside of your home, and away from overhangs and combustibles
  • Before starting your lawnmower, leaf or snowblower, or motorcycle, move it away from gasoline fumes. Let the motor cool before you refuel

Links to additional resources:

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Home Safety Checklist

Homeowner Safety Tips

Home Safety Tips

Senior Safety Tips

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