FIRE MARSHAL TOWN OF NEW CANAAN
Fall Fire Safety Tips
As the temperature starts to drop and the leaves start to turn it is never too soon to make some preliminary action to prepare for cooler weather. Not only will it save you money on your utility bills it will help ensure your safety and comfort during cold weather.
Home Heating Systems
Should be professionally inspected, cleaned, and serviced at lest every year. Many companies offer discounted rates for a maintenance call versus an emergency repair.
As we all face higher heating costs for our homes we will be looking for was to save a few dollars. A building permit is required when installing a Woodstove and they must be installed in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid disaster. Depending on use the chimney must be cleaned at least 3 times per year and ashes must be dealt with very carefully using metal containers with lids.
Space heaters can be dangerous if not used in accordance with the manufacturer’s operating instructions. Check your owner’s manuals for general maintenance and cleaning instructions. Each season before using space heaters inspect them for damage, including the power cord, and proper operation. It is more economical to replace older units than to have them repaired. Newer units are safer and more economical to operate.
Gasoline Powered Equipment
Flammable liquids should not be stored in inside the home. In an attached garage or shed, containers should be of an approved type with caps tightly sealed. This includes any unused fuel still in the motor’s fuel tanks. This simple safety precaution will help prevent accidental fires from escaping fuel vapors.
General Home Fire Safety
Most fires in the U.S. occur in the kitchen. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted when you are cooking. If you must leave the kitchen, carry something with you as a reminder or set the timer.
Don’t assume these life saving appliances work just by looking at it. They require some basic maintenance to make sure they will work properly. Nuisance or false alarms are the number one cause for battery removal and are usually caused by installing units too close to the kitchen and or heating vents. Relocate units to prevent false alarms.
- Replace the battery once a year.
- Clean dust and cob webs from around the cover to let air flow inside.
- Replace units that are ten years old or if its reliability is in question.
- Push the test button once a month to make sure it works properly.
Home Fire Escape Plans
Everyone in the home must be involved with fire drills, especially children in the design and practice of your plan. Physically practicing the plan helps to identify any unforeseen difficulties anyone may have when trying to escape.
- Designate one meeting place for everyone to gather after evacuating.
- Children need to know how to save themselves when no one can help them.
- Practice the plan once a year or anytime living arrangements change in the home.
- Call 9-1-1 from a phone away from the home. Get everyone out first!
Call the New Canaan Fire Marshal’s Office at 594-3030 for further information.