Wayne Adult Community Center

Feature article from the April, 2004 Newsletter

Are You Prepared In Case Of Fire?

The best preparation for fire is to prevent it.
If a fire occurs in spite of all your efforts, know exactly how to escape.

Fire Prevention in the Kitchen, Where Many Fires Start

• With some obvious exceptions (such as turkey roasting),don't leave the kitchen while something is cooking, because you might become occupied and forget until it's too late.
• Use a loud-ring timer to remind you when to turn off burners.
• Don't wear loose-fitting clothing; especially avoid loose-fitting sleeves.
• Roll up long sleeves.
• Don't hang flammable items such as curtains or dish towels, near the stove.
• Keep stove surfaces free of clutter and built-up grease.
• Don't cook if you're drowsy or have been drinking.
• DO NOT pour water on a grease fire. Smother it. If it's in a cooking pot, use a pot holder to slide a cover over the pan. Leave it in place until it cools.

If You Allow Smoking in the House

• Provide smokers with large, deep non-tip ashtrays.
• Don't place ash trays in unstable locations such as chair arms.
• Wet down ashtray contents before emptying into a wastebasket.
• Never smoke in bed.

Fire Prevention Throughout the House

• Install smoke detectors near or in all sleeping areas and on every level of the house.
• Carbon monoxide detectors are also desirable in some areas.
• Test them monthly and change their batteries in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
• If you go on vacation, test the detectors when you return.
• Keep heaters of all kinds several feet from anything flammable, including you. And of course, don't operate them on carpeting.
• Make sure each heater has a "tip switch".

W. A. Shapiro