The Plymouth Township Fire Marshal's Office provides a series of public education programs that focuses on actions residents and others can take to prevent fires. We all have a responsibility to keep fires from occurring.
We can do this by attempting to follow this fairly simple rule - keep combustibles away from heat sources.
There are things that we can do to minimize the likelihood of a fire starting and if one does, to reduce the severity of the fire and its potential to spread, by following these instructions:
· Don't leave food unattended on the stove or in the oven.
· Don't store combustible materials in the oven or on the stove.
· Limit the amount of combustibles that come into your home or business and get rid of unnecessary combustible items.
· Use flammable liquids only for the job for which they are intended.
· Limit the use of flammable liquids in your home or business.
· Don't smoke in bed or on the couch if you are tired.
· Limit the number and length of extension cords.
· Plug portable heaters and portable appliances into power outlets only. NEVER use power strips or extension cords with portable heaters and appliances.
· Don't overload electrical circuits.
· Limit the use of candles and NEVER leave a lit candle unattended.
· Use caution with all open flame devices such as candles and torches.
· Hire a professional particularly when you are working with electricity, plumbing or installation of a fireplace or wood burning stove, if you are unsure of what you are doing.
Even the most careful individuals have fires. Therefore you should also consider the following:
· If you have a sprinkler system, do the required maintenance on it to ensure that it will work when you need it to.
· If you have a smoke detector/fire alarm system, do the required maintenance on it so that it will work when you need it to.
· Change your smoke detector batteries at least once a year.
· Make a plan to get out of your home or place of employment and practice it.
· Don't ignore a fire alarm when it is sounding, evacuate immediately.
· Wherever you go, look for the closest exit and let everyone in your party know where it is.
. If your clothing catches on fire, STOP, DROP AND ROLL!