South Dundas Fire & Emergency Services reminds you that although ELECTRICITY can make our lives easier, it`s best to be cautious and keep SAFETY in mind.
- Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician and if you are buying or remodelling a home, have it inspected in accordance with local requirements.
- Only use one heat-producing appliance (such as a coffeemaker, toaster, space heater, etc.) plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time.
- Major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, air conditioners, microwave ovens, etc.) should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used.
- You do not need a flame to start a fire. Fires can start when heat builds up near things that burn. This can happen when a hot light bulb is near things that burn, such as cloth or paper, or a cord has been placed under a carpet.
- Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords.
- Use a light bulb with the right number of watts. There should be a sticker that indicates the right number of watts.
Chimney fires can be devastating but they are preventable. Here are some tips to avoid them:
- Have your chimney inspected annually by a professional and cleaned when necessary.
- Use seasoned woods only (dryness is more important than hard wood versus soft wood considerations)
- Build smaller, hotter fires that burn more completely and produce less smoke.
- Never burn cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, trash or Christmas trees; these can spark a chimney fire.
- Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures where wood stoves are in use, so you can adjust burning practices as needed.
- Keep a Class ABC fire extinguisher near your fireplace or woodstove.
- Install at least one working carbon monoxide alarm in your home and smoke alarms on every level, being sure to have them outside sleeping areas.