• Fires

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    Most residential fires start in the kitchen. Keep a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen area, three to five feet away from the stove, where it can be easily reached in a hurry.

    Illustrated Guides for Fires

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    When Cooking

    • Set a timer.
    • Do not step away from frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
    • Stay in the home when simmering, baking or roasting food.
    • Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.  Leave the pan covered until it is cool.
    • Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop including clothing sleeves and dishcloths.
    • Keep a “child-free zone” at least three feet around the stove and other cooking areas.

    Smoke Alarms

    Smoke alarms detect and alert people to a fire in the early stages. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. The chance of dying in a home fire is cut in half when there is a working smoke alarm.

    • Put smoke alarms on every level of your home and near every sleeping area.
    • Test smoke alarms once a month using the test button.
    • Replace batteries on a regular schedule.
    • Make sure everyone knows the sound of the fire alarm and how to respond.
    • Draw up a fire escape plan for your home and practice with everyone.

    Know How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

    Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher is a key safety skill. Fire extinguishers are suitable to put out a very small fire less than two feet across. Keep a fire extinguisher on every level of your home.

    The correct use of a fire extinguisher can be remembered as P.A.S.S. 
    P = Pull the pin
    A = Aim at the base of the flames
    S = Squeeze the trigger
    S = Sweep side to side until the fire is out

    Fires need heat, oxygen and a fuel source to keep burning. If the fire is too big for a fire extinguisher, leave immediately and from a safe distance call 9-1-1.