Be Fire Safe PA
The Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) provides important year-round and seasonal fire prevention information to help Pennsylvanians stay safe and healthy.
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Summertime Fire Prevention and Safety
Summer is here! As we enjoy the season, we also need to take a moment to think about how we can all be more fire safe.
With the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures, we’re sharing seasonal fire safety tips to help you stay fire safe in your backyard while enjoying the warm weather.
Cooking outdoors safely:
- Summer is the season of cookouts; grills should be checked for rust, insects, spiders, grease and other debris before use.
Worn gas hoses should be replaced.
Likewise, firepits should be properly maintained and operated away from dead leaves and other flammable debris.
Never grill indoors, in a garage, breezeway or carport. Grills should only be used 10 feet away from your house or any building.
A word (or Two) on Fireworks Safety:
- Even legal fireworks can cause injury and property damage if they’re not used properly.
- Always have a competent adult in charge and never give fireworks to young children; even sparklers.
- Do not attempt to reignite fireworks that failed to light the first time; allow it to stand for 20 minutes and then submerge it in water. Dispose outside in a covered trash can.
- Under no circumstances should you aim or throw fireworks at another person.
- Always wear safety glasses when igniting fireworks and only light one at a time.
- Only buy legal consumer fireworks from a licensed store, stand, or tent. These products typically have brightly colored labels with the manufacturers name, directions and safety warning printed on them.
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Year-Round Fire Safety
Have a Plan and Practice It
Do you know what to do in the event your home catches fire? Does your family? This knowledge is critical to ensure everyone’s safety. From the moment a smoke alarm sounds, you and your loved ones may have just 2 minutes to respond, according to NFPA.
Take the time to develop an evacuation plan. Families should have a designated meeting place a safe distance from their home, for instance, a mailbox. Everyone should be able to identify to points of escape from each room in the house. Its also a good idea to practice one’s emergency plan under challenging conditions, like when it is dark.
Make sure the kids understand how and when to dial 9-1-1. (They should also know their home’s physical address.) Teach them the stop, drop, and roll method for extinguishing fire, and when practicing one’s escape plan, teach them to crawl to avoid smoke.
Don’t forget about older adults. These individuals often have unique health challenges or mobility issues that make evacuation burdensome. Unsurprisingly, home fire fatalities disproportionately affect older adults.
Check Your Smoke Alarms and Fire Extinguishers
Smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are vital to ensuring your family’s safety. Test these devices frequently (at least once a month) and replace any batteries when needed.
If you have fire extinguishers in your home, they should be routinely checked to make sure they’re fully charged, and within their expiration dates.
The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
Homes should be equipped with CO detectors. Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, people may not know that they are being exposed.
The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu (but without the fever). Symptoms include:
Shortness of breath
High level CO poisoning results in progressively more severe symptoms, including:
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