Fire Safety and Preparedness

Severe Weather Preparation

Weather emergencies can strike at any time.  Be prepared before they do.

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Fireplace and Wood Stove Safety

Heating hour home with a wood burning appliance can be warm and comforting but there are some risks involved.  Be sure to understand the risks before you install a fireplace or wood stove in you home.

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Heating Fire Safety

 In 2011-2015, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 54,030 reported U.S. home structure fires, with associated losses of 480 civilian deaths, 1,470 civilian injuries, and $1.1 billion in direct property damage. These fires accounted for 15% of all reported home fires.

Cooking Fire Safety.

Facts and Figures

Based on 2011-2015 annual averages:

  • Space heaters, whether portable or stationary, accounted for just over two of every five (43%) of home heating fires and four out of five (85%) of home heating fire deaths.
  • The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (28%) was failure to clean, principally creosote from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.
  • Placing things that can burn too close to heating equipment or placing heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding, was the third leading factor contributing to ignition in fatal home heating fires and accounted for more than half (53%) of home heating fire deaths.
  • Nearly half (48%) of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February.

Source: NFPA's “Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment" report 

Electrical Fire Safety

Fire Safety Videos

Plan an escape route and know two ways out.  Check out this video for more information.

Space Heater Safety Video

Turkey Fryer Safety

  • Thaw your turkey before frying it.
  • Don't overfill the fryer with oil.
  • Place the fryer on a solid, level, non-combustible surface away from all structures.
  • Don't leave your fryer unattended.

Take a look at this video demonstrating what happens when fryers are not used safely.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!