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Public Education

 

     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!