In Alabama this year, fires and fire-related injuries have caused 16 deaths. Most, if not all, of these deaths could have been prevented with a few small steps. Here are some tips from the Hartselle Fire Department to help keep you and your family safe:
Most home fires occur in the kitchen while cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food – if you must leave, turn off the stove.
Never use the range or oven to heat your home.
When in use, move barbecue grills out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Keep grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings.
Keep flammable materials at least three feet away from heat sources.
Make sure cigarettes are put out and discarded safely.
Replace worn or damaged appliance cords, and avoid running cords under rugs.
Do not use portable generators indoors.