Fire Safety Advisory
• Stay in the kitchen–don’t leave cooking food unattended.
• Wear tighter or snug-fitting sleeves. (Loose sleeves are more likely to catch on fire or get caught on pot handles.)
• Take extra precaution when handling boiling water.
• Cook at indicated temperature settings, rather than higher settings.
• Don’t become distracted by attending to children or answering phone calls or doorbells.
• Create a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around your stove.
• Keep area clear of towels, papers or anything that could burn.
• Turn pot handles inward, facing the wall, to prevent burns caused by overturning or spills.
• Have a pot lid and container of baking soda handy to smother a pan fire. DO NOT USE WATER.
• Treat burns immediately with cool running water and seek medical attention.
• Use sturdy candle-holders, with flame-protective non-combustible (glass or metal) shades or globes.
• Place candles at least four feet away from curtains, draperies, blinds, kitchen cabinets and bedding.
• Place candles out of reach of small children and pets.
• Never leave burning candles unattended.
• Secure hair and clothing, such as sleeves or aprons, from the flame when handling candles.
• Keep candles, matches and lighters, including lit memorial containers and Chanukah menorahs, out of reach of children. When searching for chametz, keep candles away from bedding, tablecloths, clothing or anything that can burn. Use a flashlight for hard-to-reach places.
DEVELOP A FIRE ESCAPE PLAN!
• Know two ways out from each room and agree on a meeting place outside your home so you will know everyone is out safely.
• Practice your home fire escape.
MAKE SURE YOUR SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS WORK!
• Twice a year (when you change your clocks), change both your smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm batteries.
ELECTRONICS AND APPLIANCES!
• Never use an extension cord with large current appliances such as a space heater, air conditioner or refrigerator. Extension cords can cause home fires by overheating due to overloading the outlet.
• Never heat your home with a gas stove or oven.
• Kerosene heaters and propane space heaters are dangerous and illegal in New York City.
• Never use any gas-powered appliance, such as a generator, indoors.
• Never use a charcoal grill or a hibachi indoors.
• Never run a car or truck in a garage or enclosed area. Clear exhaust pipes before starting a car or truck after it snows.
IF THERE IS A FIRE:
• Do not try to fight the fire yourself.
• Get out and stay out. Do not try to gather personal possessions.
• CLOSE THE DOOR ON YOUR WAY OUT.
• If smoke is present, exit as low to the ground as possible and keep your mouth covered.
• CALL 911 ONCE YOU REACH A SAFE LOCATION.
• If any part of you or your clothing catches fire, do not run or try to put out the fire with your hands. Cover your face with your hands and drop to the ground and roll over and over. REMEMBER: STOP, DROP AND ROLL.