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   FIRE PREVENTION
   IN THE KITCHEN
 

As much as aspiring chefs hate to admit it, the kitchen is often the source of fires that can quickly get out of control. The following are a few tips on kitchen fires - but remember, if your efforts to put out the fire are not IMMEDIATELY successful, evacuate the structure and call 911!

 

 

GREASE FIRES
NEVER use water on a grease fire!

Water will cause the grease to splatter and spread the flames.  If a cooking pan unintentionally becomes a flambé, carefully slide a lid over the pan and turn off the burner.  DO NOT try to move the pan while it is hot! Keep the lid in place until the pan is completely cooled.

 

 

OVEN FIRES
If anything catches fire in your microwave or convection oven, immediately close the oven door, turn the appliance off and unplug it, THEN CALL 911.  Leaving the oven door open while frantically searching for a fire extinguisher will only allow more oxygen to feed the flames. Often once the oven door is closed, the fire will extinguish itself - however the Fire Department should still be called so that we can check for any fire extension. Don't use the appliance again until it has been serviced by a qualified technician.

 

 

UNATTENDED COOKING
Unattended cooking results in several kitchen fires each year.  Always make sure all ovens and burners are turned off before leaving the kitchen.

   FIREWORKS SAFETY

 

Statistics show that over 10,000 people are treated in hospital emergency departments each year for injuries caused by firework devices.  Nearly half of these injuries involve children under 15 years of age.  By far the most common types of injuries due to fireworks are burns to the hands, eyes and head.

 

Of course, the safest way to celebrate the Fourth of July and other occasions is to leave the fireworks to the professionals. However, for those who choose to use fireworks at home, we urge you to become familiar with federal and state regulations concerning the use of fireworks by consumers, and to follow some common-sense safety tips which are listed below.

 

NORTH CAROLINA STATE REGULATIONS
North Carolina prohibits the use of the most dangerous types of fireworks by consumers.  Especially during the summer months when we are often affected by dry conditions, fireworks can pose a serious threat.  Banned fireworks in this state include:

 

 

Click HERE to read North Carolina General Statue Chapter 14 Article 54 which details the regulations on the sale, possession, etc. of pyrotechnics including fireworks.

 

FEDERAL REGULATIONS
The federal government has banned the sale of the most dangerous types of fireworks to consumers.  These prohibited items include:

 

 

SAFETY TIPS
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind if you decide to put on your own fireworks show:

 

HEATING EQUIPMENT
 
Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States
(mostly during the December, January, and February months).
Most heating equipment fires start as a result of misuse or improper maintenance. When purchasing new heating equipment, be sure to select products that have been tested and approved by an independent testing laboratory. Install and maintain heating equipment correctly, and be sure it complies with local fire building codes.
 
NOTE: If there are any space heaters in your home and/or gas appliances and/or fireplaces there should be a CO detector in the home as well. Contact your local fire department or code enforcement office to find out the specifications for these detectors.
 
 
 

PORTABLE and OTHER SPACE HEATERS

Portable and space heaters can be either electric or fueled by gas, liquid fuel (kerosene), or solid fuel (wood or coal). All types must be placed at least 36 inches (1 meter) away from anything that can burn, such as wallpaper, bedding, clothing, pets and people. Never leave space heaters operating when you are not in the room or when you go to sleep. Dont leave children or pets unattended with space heaters, and be sure everyone understand that drying clothing or placing combustibles over heaters is a fire hazard. If you have an electric space heater check each season for fraying or splitting wires and overheating. Have all problems repaired by a professional before operating the space heater.

 

 

PORTABLE KEROSENE HEATERS

If you have a liquid fueled heater, use only the fuel recommended by the manufacturer. Never use gasoline or any other substitute fuel, because the wrong fuel could burn hotter than the equipments design limits and cause a fire. When refueling, always turn off the heater and let it cool down before adding fuel. Wipe up any spills promptly. If you are considering a kerosene heater, be sure to check with a local fire department before purchasing to find out if it is legal in your community. Store the kerosene away from heat or open flame in a container approved by a local fire department, and be sure it is clearly marked with the fuel name.

 

 

WOOD STOVES

 

Be sure your wood or coal stove bares the label of a recognized testing laboratory and meets local fire codes. Follow the manufacturers recommendations for proper installation, use and maintenance. Chimney connections and chimney flues should be inspected at the beginning of the heating season and cleaned periodically. Follow the same safety rules for wood stoves as you would for space heaters. Burn only wood, and be sure the wood stove is placed on an approved stove board to protect the floor from heat and hot embers. Check with your local fire department and local code officials before having your wood stove installed.

 

CAUTION: Portable LP gas (Propane) heaters with self-contained fuel supplies (cabinet heaters) are prohibited for home use by NFPA fire safety standards.

 

 

 

 

 

FIREPLACE SAFETY TIPS

 

 

Have your chimney inspected by a professional prior to the start of every heating season and cleaned if necessary. Creosote, a chemical substance that forms when wood burns, builds up in chimneys and can cause a chimney fire if not properly cleaned. Always protect your home and your family by using a sturdy screen when burning fires. Remember to burn only wood never burn paper or pine boughs, which can float out the chimney and ignite your roof or a neighboring home. Never use flammable liquids in a fireplace.

If you are purchasing a factory-built fireplace, select one listed by a testing laboratory, and have it installed according to local codes

 

Everyone can enjoy the comfort and warmth of a fireplace by following these simply guidelines:

 

 

 

  

 

Safety & Prevention - Fire Safety At Home

Deep Fried Turkey Safety

 

During the holidays, the process of deep frying a turkey requires a lot of preparation and precaution. The instructions provided with the cooking-pot should be read carefully before attempting to deep-fry a turkey. This is critical in order to prevent a serious fire or burn injury. Take a cautionary note from the fact that the appliance probably does not carry the seal from a testing lab such as Underwriters Laboratory.

 

Here are some additional basic safety tips from the Vancouver Fire Department and the Office of the Washington State Fire Marshal to help keep you and your family safe:

1. Prepare in advance, and use proper equipment

 

2. Keep heated items (hot oil and the propane cooker) way from anything that can burn.

 

3. Watch what you heat and cook.

 

4. Be Safe and Enjoy your turkey when you're done.

 

 

 

  

GRILLING SAFETY


GENERAL GRILLING SAFETY

 

 

 

SAFETY TIPS FOR GAS GRILL

 

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SAFETY TIPS FOR CHARCOAL GRILLS

 

 

 

 

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