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Thank you for taking the time to visit our education page. We have provided a few safety tips below that we hope will be useful. Each tip has a corresponding pdf file you can download for reference. Once again thank you and make it a safe day!

 

 

Grilling




When the weather warms up there is nothing better than the smell and taste of freshly grilled food. Grilling is not without its risks. Every year, on average, 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling. You can avoid becoming one of those 8,900 by following some simple safety tips. Following these safety tips will ensure a successful and injury free grilling season.

  • Propane and charcoal grills should be used outdoors only.
  • The grill should be placed at least 10 feet from the home. You should also avoid using the grill near deck railings, under the eaves of your home, under low hanging tree branches, and the upper patio decks.
  • Keep your grill clean! While this not a fun job, it will prevent flare ups from grease and fat buildup.
  • Never leave your grill unattended!
  • Always make sure to open the lid before you light the grill.

If you use a charcoal grill here are some extra helpful tips to ensure a successful and safe grilling season.

  • Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as fuel.
  • If you need to use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters. If you use an electric charcoal starter be sure to use an extension cord that is rated for outdoor use.
  • When your grilling session is done let the coals cool completely before disposing of them into a metal container.
  • With all grilling, please ensure that there is a sufficient “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the grill.

Please take a moment to review the grilling safety tip sheet.


Smoking

The place that we are supposed to feel the safest (our home) is where the most smoking-materials structure fires, deaths, and injuries occur. Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths. Smoking material fires are preventable!

Please take a moment to view the smoking safety sheet.


Heating Equipment

During the cold months there is just something about curling up with your favorite book in front of the fire place or some other form of heating equipment. While you are enjoying yourself in front of the warmth during the cold months please follow a few simple safety tips to prevent injuries and home fires.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from the heat source.
  • Establish a “kid-free zone” that is at least three feet around the heat source.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned yearly by qualified professionals.
  • Ensure you have working smoke and CO detectors. Test these monthly!

Please take a moment to review the heating equipment safety sheet.


Cooking

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home injuries. By following a few basic safety tips you can avoid cooking fires and injuries from cooking.

  • If you are feeling drowsy or have consumed alcohol you should not use your stove or stove top.
  • Have a 3 foot “kid-free zone” around the stove when preparing anything on the stove.
  • Remain in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking or roasting food remember to check it regularly. It is best to remain in the kitchen but if you must leave for any reason use something to remind you that you are cooking. i.e. a towel over your shoulder or a timer.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
  • Keep a lid close – a small fire can be quickly extinguished simply by covering the pot or pan with the proper lid.
  • If there is a fire in the oven turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

If you happen to have a fire in the kitchen that cannot be contained remember to:

  • Get yourself and others out! Remember to close doors behind you in order to contain the fire.
  • Dial 911 from outside the home

Please take a moment to review the cooking safety tips sheet.


Fireworks

Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. While fireworks shows are a fantastic to view, fireworks shows and ignitions are best left to the professionals. We do not promote consumer use of fireworks. Every year it is estimated that fireworks cause, on average, 18,500 fires. Something as simple as a sparkler is extremely dangerous. Sparklers burn at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit and account for one-quarter of fireworks related emergency room injuries.

Please see the fireworks safety sheet for more information.


Candles

Candles are common in many households as they look pretty and smell great. While they may look pretty and smell great, candles are a common cause of home fires and home fire deaths. Remember, a burning candle is an open flame. This means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn. Consider using flameless candles in your home as they look and smell like real candles. If you do choose to burn candles in your home please follow a few safety tips.

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  • Use sturdy candle holders that won’t tip over easily.
  • Place candle holders on sturdy, even, and uncluttered surfaces.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is in use at the home.
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. NEVER use candles.

Please see the candle safety tips sheet for more information.


Electrical

From flipping a light switch to charging your cell phone, some form of electricity is involved in our everyday lives. While electricity makes our lives simpler and has become second nature to most of us, we need to use caution and keep safety in mind when electricity is involved. Some tips to prevent injury and fires are:

  • ALWAYS have your electrical work done by a qualified electrician.
  • Inspect electrical cords for damage.
  • Do not use extension cords as permanent wiring as extension cords are intended for temporary use only. Have a qualified electrician install receptacles so that extension cords are not needed.
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the light fixture. There should be a sticker on the light fixture that indicates the maximum wattage.
  • Do not overload the receptacle.

Please review the electrical safety tips sheet to prevent electrical fires and injuries.


Smoke/Co Detectors

Working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors save lives! When there is a fire, smoke will spread quickly throughout the home. Working smoke detectors will alert you of smoke in the home and will allow you time to follow your escape plan. Working CO detectors will alert you of the dangerous, colorless, odorless, and deadly gas. Please follow these simple guidelines to ensure your detectors are working properly.

  • Smoke detectors should be installed inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area. Both smoke and CO detectors should be installed on every level of the home.
  • Test the detectors at least once a month to ensure that the detector is in working order and that the battery is still good.
  • Replace all detectors that are older than 10 years.
  • Never remove the battery from your detector unless you are removing the battery to replace it with a new one!

Please take the time to review the smoke detector and carbon monoxide safety tip sheets.


Extinguishers

 
Portable fire extinguishers can save lives and property by putting out small fires or containing the fire until the fire department arrives; but these extinguishers have their limitations. Because today’s fires grow so rapidly the number one priority for residents is to get out! If you do use an extinguisher please follow these safety tips.

  • Only use portable fire extinguishers on small fires that are contained to a small area. An example of this would be a fire in the waste basket. Even with a small fire in the waste basket it is most important to ensure that everyone has exited or is exiting the structure, the fire department has been or is being called (from outside the building), and that the room is not filled with smoke. The smoke produced from fires contains many dangerous chemicals and a person can be quickly overcome by the smoke.
  • Follow PASS to operate the extinguisher
    1. Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointed away from you and pull the pin to release the locking mechanism.
    2. Aim low. Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
    3. Squeeze the trigger slowly.
    4. Sweep the nozzle side to side while aimed at the base of the fire.
 
Escape Plan

It is important to design a home escape plan so that your family is prepared in the event of an emergency. Follow these guidelines when making a home escape plan.

  • Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows and discuss this with everyone in the home.
  • Know at least two ways out of every room if possible. Ensure that all doors and windows leading out of the rooms operate properly and with ease.
  • Establish an outside meeting place. This should be a place that is a safe distance from the home and a place that is easily identified. Examples of a safe meeting place are the mailbox, a light pole, or a tree everyone knows.
  • Practice your home escape plan both during the day and at night. While practicing your home escape plan practice using the different ways out. This should be done at least twice a year.
  • Teach children how to escape in the event that an adult is unable to help them.
  • Be sure to close doors as you leave. This simple step goes a long way in preventing the spread of smoke and fire.

In the event that the smoke alarm sounds it is important to remember to GET OUT AND STAY OUT. You should never go back inside for people or pets. Notify the arriving fire department of unaccounted for people and pets. If you must escape through the smoke remember to GET LOW AND GO. Get low under the smoke to find your way out and remember to check doors for heat with the back of your hand. Call the fire department from outside of your home.

Please take a minute to review the escape plan safety tip sheet and the home escape plan check list.


Car Seat Safety

While riding in your vehicle there is no more precious package than your child. According so Safe Kids Worldwide, correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. (safe kids) The Bellevue Fire Department is happy to ensure that your child is in the correct child safety seat and that the child safety seat in use is correctly installed. Please call 920-884-1077 to set up an appointment to have your child safety seat installed or inspected. Visit the CDC website for the different child safety seat stages and when to move your child to the next step.

Also, please take the time to view the parent checklist for child seat safety.

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