SHOVEL YOUR FIRE HYDRANTS
The winter months bring a special concern to the Oak Creek Fire Department. Winter storms can often hide fire hydrants under a mountain of snow making them impossible to find quickly. In the event of a fire, firefighters have to locate and shovel out fire hydrants before hooking up to them. Precious time is lost. Please don't let your neighborhood hydrant remain "undercover".
According to statistics compiled by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 15,000 house fires are started by candles each year. These fires accounted for an annual average of 166 civilian deaths, 1,289 civilian injuries and over 450 million dollars in property damage. December was the peak month for fires started by candles. The top days for these fires are December 23, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
Please remember the following tips for the safe use of candles in your home.
- Blow out candles when you leave a room
- Never place candles within 12 inches of anything that can burn
- Place candle holders on a sturdy, firm surface
- Only use candle holders that are sturdy, and won't tip over easily
CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY
Carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas, is a by product of the combustion of fossil fuels. When appliances such as furnaces, water heaters, dryers and stoves malfunction or are improperly vented, a buildup of carbon monoxide gas can occur. As this gas builds up in a home, occupants may experience:
At higher levels, carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms include:
- loss of consciousness
As the winter months draw upon us, the Oak Creek Fire Department would like to remind residents that carbon monoxide detectors should be placed on each level of their home. In addition, they should have appliances inspected by a licensed professional.
SPACE HEATER SAFETY
As the weather turns colder, a space heater often becomes a way to bring a little extra heat into a room. The NFPA recommends the following safety tips:
- Purchase a heater that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
- Keep the heater at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn, including people.
- Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection.
- Place the heater on a solid, flat surface.
- Make sure your heater has an auto shut-off to turn the heater off if it tips over.
- Keep space heaters out of the way of foot traffic. Never block an exit.
- Keep children away from the space heater.
- Plug the heater directly into the wall outlet. Never use an extension cord.
- Space heaters should be turned off and unplugged when you leave the room or go to bed.