Tips for Fire Prevention

Develop a Family Fire Plan

  • Identify escape routes.
  • Identify an outside area to meet.
  • Make sure everyone knows the local emergency number. For Hood County, this is 9-1-1.
  • Make sure fire extinguishers are in working order and easily accessible.
  • Place valuable papers in a fire-proof safe or box.

Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  • Install a working carbon monoxide detector in the common area of the bedrooms.
  • Install smoke alarms. Properly working smoke alarms decrease your chances of dying in a fire by half.
  • Place smoke alarms on every level of your residence, including the basement.
  • Test and clean smoke alarms once a month, and replace batteries at least once a year. Replace smoke alarms once every 10 years.

Cooking Safety

  • Always wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when you cook.
  • Keep towels, pot holders, and curtains away from flames.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Never use the range or oven to heat your home.

Heating Source

  • Place space heaters at least three feet away from flammable / combustible materials.
  • Use only the type of fuel designated for your space heater.

Electrical Wiring

  • Do not overload extension cords or outlets.
  • Inspect extension cords for frayed or exposed wires or loose plugs.
  • Make sure outlets have cover plates and no exposed wiring.
  • Make sure wiring does not run under rugs, over nails, or across high traffic areas.