Saturday, February 6, 2010

PREVENT FIRES AT HOME

Fires are very common and can spread rapidly. They can damage your home and take lives. Fires are the third leading cause of home injury and death. Here are a few simple hints you can follow to prevent them.
. Make an escape plan and hold fire drills. Practice it regularly
. Have working smoke alarms and test them monthly. If you build a new home, install fire sprinklers
. Keep a dry chemical fire extinguisher handy
. Make no smoking in your home a policy-this will reduce the risk of fire
. Keep flammable objects such as curtains, aprons and dishtowels away from stoves
. Never leave the kitchen when cooking especially when frying. Always watch for overheating
. Heat oil slowly. Heating oil too quickly can easily start a fire
. If a pan cathes fire, carefully place a lid over the pan and turn off the heat. Leave the lid on until completely cool
. Be careful with grease and oils. If grease does ignite, smother flames with a lid or larger pan and turn off the burner. Never throw water on a grease fire, and don't try to pick up the pan and carry it out of the house.
. If you suspect a gas leak, open the windows, turn off the supply and call your gas supplier. Don't operate switches as a spark could ignite the gas.

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