Fire Prevention Tips and Tricks

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Photo by MC2 Kegan E. Kay
Photo by MC2 Kegan E. Kay

Fire Prevention Tips and Tricks

by: NAF Atsugi Housing Office and CNFJ Fire Department | .
U.S. Navy | .
published: October 10, 2014

#1 Fire Source: Stoves and cook tops
A towel or curtains hanging too close to an unattended stove can ignite. The grease in an unattended frying pan catches on fire and ignites nearby combustibles, which in turn ignite curtains, cabinets or anything else in the vicinity.

Cooking Fires: The Solution
Never leave the kitchen while something is cooking on the stove.Keep combustibles at least 3 ft. away from the cooktop. This includes curtains and wall hangings.

#2 Fire Source: Heating equipment
Space heaters are not authorized for use on base. Off base space heaters are used and come in both electric and kerosene types. Space heaters too close to combustibles cause most of these fires.

Heating Equipment: The Solution
Keep space heaters at least 3 ft. away from drapes, bedding and other flammables.

Plug space heaters directly into outlets, not into extension cords.

Don’t use space heaters while sleeping.

#3 Fire Source: Electrical equipment
Potential extension cord fire. Overloaded extension cords, bad connections and other careless use of electrical devices can melt wire insulation and cause a fire.

Electrical Fires: The Solution
Replace extension cords that are undersized or frayed. Never run extension cords under rugs.

Replace undersized cords with larger-gauged ones or plug appliances directly into outlets.Call an electrician to track down hidden problems causing frequently tripping circuit breakers. Call an electrician to open up and troubleshoot electrical boxes that have warm covers. Check all the light bulbs in your home to make sure bulb wattages don’t exceed the fixture’s recommended maximum.

#4 Fire Source: Smoking
Smoking in bed causes more firesthan any other single source, because the firesusually start at night.If a cigarette smolders in the bedclothes or drops on the carpet when the smoker falls asleep, the gases from smoldering fabrics will actually lull the smoker into a deeper and deeper sleep. Live butts that fall between cushions or are tossed into trash cans can take hours to ignite, and when they finallydo, the household’s in bed, asleep. Stop smoking in bed Smoking: The Solution Don’t smoke in bed, use large ashtrays on tables.

#5 Fire source:
Children playing with fire Matches and igniters stored within reach of children are the greatest hazards.

Children will often start fires while hiding in places like closets or under beds, where they’re surrounded by combustibles. Their first reaction is often to hide from you or the fire after it starts. It’s obvious that you shouldn’t leave matches and lighters lying around, but you also have to be vigilant around burning candles.

#6 Fire Source: Candles
Most fires occur when candles burn unattended near combustibles. The recent popularity of candles and the 50 percent surge in candle-initiated fires in the last 10 years is no coincidence. Couple that with burning candles near combustibles or on shaky holders and there’s a huge potential for a catastrophic fire. Using candles safely calls for the utmost in attention and care.

They’re simply a high-risk item because you can easily set them near combustibles without noticing, leave them unattended and forget about them entirely. They’ll often get soft and fall out of a holder and ignite nearby combustibles or even ignite an underlying wooden holder or shelf. Candles in a tip-proof container

Candles: The Solution is to use only tip-proof containers. Burn candles only while you’re awake and in the same room with them. Keep candles at least 3 ft. away from combustibles. Never burn candles that have combustibles (flowers, leaves and potpourri) cast into the wax.

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