Home is where the heart is, but there's also a lot of danger lurking within your favorite four walls.

Look through this section to learn how to make your home a sanctuary of safety. The following are good tips for different rooms in your home.

Kitchen:

As our kitchens get bigger and become the center of family togetherness, kitchen safety becomes even more important.

Keep these safety hints in mind when you’re working or socializing in the modern "family room."

  • Put heavy object on low shelves.
  • Locate emergency numbers prominently by the phone.
  • Use short, heavyduty extension cords.
  • Unplug appliances when you're done with them.
  • Keep appliance cords from dangling from the counter.
  • Keep radios, televisions, and other electrical appliances away from the sink.
  • Select rugs with nonslip backing or tape them down with doublesided tape.
  • Install childproof safety latches on cabinets that contain cleaning chemicals.
  • Keep an ABC or BC rated fire extinguisher near the range. Inspect it monthly to ensure it is fully charged and has not been damaged.
  • Clean up accumulated grease from your vent hood.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing that could catch fire or get caught in appliances. If your clothing should catch fire, remember: "STOP, DROP and ROLL."
  • Consider buying a smoke detector designed especially for the kitchen you can silence the detector, so you won't be tempted to disarm it.
  • Warn children that electrical stoves are hot, even after they're turned off and remind them frequently.
  • Turn pan handles towards the back of the range, so they don't hang over the edge where they could be knocked over.
  • Use electrical outlets with groundfault circuit interrupters to reduce the risk of electrocution.
  • Put matches in high cabinets, out of the reach of younger children.

Laundry Room:

  • Keep an ABC or BCrated fire extinguisher handy, especially if your junction box is in the same room.
  • Clean the dryer filter and vent frequently.
  • Install a smoke detector
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector if you have a gas dryer or if your furnace is also in the laundry room.
  • Have your furnace and air conditioner professionally serviced each year.
  • Locate electric washers and dryers in a welllit area where water and dampness do not accumulate.
  • Never leave an iron and ironing board unattended.
  • Vent dryers properly, and ground all electrical appliances with adequate wiring.

Bedrooms:

Bedrooms may be private retreats, but the truth is, most fires happen at night, and many victims especially kids die in their own rooms.

  • Install a smoke detector outside each bedroom.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector near each bedroom.
  • Keep a flashlight in each bedroom.
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers by each phone.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Put extension cords away from areas where they can be stepped on or tripped over they'll fray and spark or overheat and smolder.
  • Don't overload outlets, and keep furniture and bedding away from wires they'll overheat and smolder.
  • Check all appliances and extension cords for frayed or exposed wires.
  • Unplug heating pads and electric blankets when not in use.
  • Keep a lamp that doesn't tip easily within easy reach of the bed.
  • Keep eyeglasses on a bedside table.
  • Avoid sleeping on a heating pad it can cause serious burns at even a low setting.
  • Remember that extension cords are temporary don't use them as permanent fixtures or they'll overheat and smolder.

Garage: 

Your garage has a hazardous collection of tools, chemicals, vapors, and heat sources. To the unsuspecting, it could be an accident waiting to happen.

  • Maintain your tools and equipment they'll be safer and easier to use.
  • Store gasoline cans only in wellventilated areas away from cars and lawnmowers preferably in a detached, lockable shed. The heat from the engines could ignite the vapors.
  • Keep the garage clean orderly, and don't keep piles of papers in the garage they pose a significant fire and trip hazard.
  • Hang up or store in a UL Approved Container, oily and chemicalsoaked rags.
  • Keep an ABC or BCrated fire extinguisher handy, especially if your junction box is in the same room.
  • Use electrical outlets with groundfault circuit interrupters to reduce the risk of electrocution.
  • Install a safety sensor on the garage door to reopen it if it hits something.
  • Store pesticides and other poisonous chemicals in a locked cabinet at least four feet off the ground.

Also, discover how to “childproof your home” and assemble a firstaid kit.

At anytime, you wish a fire department crew/member to come by for a free home inspection or to install a smoke detector, please contact Fire Marshal Dean Cull at (816) 7412900.