Wood Burning Fireplace
- Never, ever use flammable liquids such as gasoline to start your fire.
- Always use the fireplace screen to prevent flying sparks from entering the room
- Never burn gift wrapping or boxes. They burn much too quickly.
- Be sure to have the chimney cleaned and the flue checked at least once a year.
- Always have an open window and and good, working carbon monoxide detector in the room
- There is a tendency to overload outlets this time of year. This is unsafe.
- Inspect all your cords before using them. You should look for frayed or exposed wires and lose connections.
- Always be sure to insert the plugs fully into the sockets.
- Do not coil extension cords or place them under carpets to avoid over heating.
Grease fires are a leading cause of holiday kitchen fires, so be very careful when cooking with grease or fat. Here is what to do if a pan catches fire with grease:
- Turn off the heat.
- Try smothering the flames with a pot lid (NOT a glass lid however).
- Try baking soda if you have plenty, but do not use flour as it can explode.
- Do not turn on the overhead fan.
- It is a GREAT idea to have a chemical fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
- NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, ever throw water on a grease fire. Click on the link below to see video of the result.
And, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS....
make certain that your smoke detectors are in good working order!