October is a wonderful time to review fire safety and prevention tactics. One possible cause of home fires that many homeowners are unaware of is faulty dehumidifiers. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has set up a website where you can check if your dehumidifier is one that has been recalled. Check the Safety commission website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Gree-Recalls-12-Brands-of-Dehumidifi...
Even though you cannot prevent all fires, you can be ready to act to save yourself and loved ones. Use the accompanying list to keep yourself and your family safe from fires. If you have any questions about fire prevention or would like to review any of the procedures, please know that the members of the Minster-Jackson Township Fire Department are at your service. Please do not hesitate to contact any of the members of the fire department or myself if we can be of help.
Minster/Jackson Township Fire Chief
If you did not take advantage of the smoke alarm installation program that the Minster /Jackson Township Fire Department initiated last year in partnership with the Red Cross, it is still not too late to request alarms to be installed in your home. Please call the Red Cross at 1-844-207-4509 to set up an appointment for installation.
Fire Prevention and Safety Tips
1. Install smoke detectors on each floor level. Replace batteries in existing detectors. Check them each month. A working detector can give you a few precious minutes of warning needed to get out of a burning house.
2. Develop an escape plan with your family and practice it. Know two ways out of each room. Practice crawling out under the smoke.
3. Purchase chain ladders to provide and escape route for second floor windows.
4. Have your chimney and heating system inspected. Keep drapes, furniture, bedding, and other flammable materials away from heaters.
5. Install and maintain a carbon monoxide detector.
6. Keep matches and lighters away from children.
7. Be careful with candles. Never leave candles unattended.
8. Never smoke in bed. Dispose of smoking materials properly.
9. In case of a fire, call 911 immediately. Early notification can make all the difference.