MAKING A FIRE SAFETY PLAN

Every household should have some sort of escape plan in place just in case the worst was to happen. Hopefully you will never have to use it, but it is important to prepare for it so there is no delay when it is put into action. Fires can happen quickly. Prepare your family ahead of time by creating and practicing a fire safety plan.

  • Plan an escape route.
  • Identify 2 exits from each room.
  • Discuss the routes & options.
  • Teach children how to extinguish a fire, crawl under smoke and make an escape.
  • Select a meeting point outside of your home.
  • When 2 people are out call 911.
  • Be prepared – practice with your fire alarm ringing.

HOW TO AVOID CHIMNEY FIRES

A wood burning fireplace or stove causes creosote to accumulate within a chimney – increasing the chance of chimney fire. Regular maintenance should include:

  • Capping the chimney to prevent nesting.
  • Using a professional chimney sweep.
  • Regular professional inspection.
  • Installing proper equipment (stove and flue).
  • Building smaller, hotter fires – use dry wood.
  • Regularly stoking your fire – increased airflow reduces creosote formation.

NEVER PUT WATER ON A GREASE FIRE

Grease fires are very dangerous and should not be extinguished with water (which will make things worse by splashing the oil and enraging the fire). The safest and quickest way is to smother the fire. After calling 911, and if the fire is very small, you may wish to try:

  • A lid that fits over the frying pan.
  • Small Fire Extinguisher (Class B) – stand a few feet back and spray carefully.
  • Large damp towel over the frying pan (run under the tap and wring out excess first)

FIRE RETARDANT CHRISTMAS TREE

Please note this will not make the tree fire proof but it will make it fire retardant:

First, determine the weight of your tree (an average sized tree is approximately 16Kg). Then mix 530g of Ammonium Sulphate into 1 litre of water for each 2Kg of tree weight. Stand in pail of solution for 48 hours in a cool dark place before use. Keep tree base in contact with water and check daily.

SMOKE ALARM ADVICE

Smoke alarms save lives. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.

  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps”, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.

PROPANE STORAGE ADVICE

Propane is a colourless gas with a faint odour at high concentrations. Fuel grades have a disagreeable odour to aid in the detection of leaks. Propane is an extremely flammable compressed gas, is heavier than air and may spread long distances so distant ignition and flashback are possible.

  • All propane cylinders, full or empty, must be stored in an upright position.
  • Store outside in a shady protected area, a minimum of one metre from any combustible material.
  • To check for leaks use a mixture of liquid soap and water to ensure that all fittings and connections are tight.
  • To check for leaks use a mixture of liquid soap and water to ensure that all fittings and connections are tight.

 

The Welsford Volunteer Fire Department

through professionalism, dedication and integrity will provide optimum protection and prevention within our means for our residents and visitors, maintaining a proud community with a strong sense of safety and security by investing in training, education, staffing and equipment.

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Welsford Fire Department 619 Eagle Rock Road, Welsford NB, E5K 3Y7

Tel: (506)-486-2100

info@welsfordvfd.com