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FIRE SAFETY TIPS: SMOKE DETECTORS, GRILLING AND DEBRIS BURNING

GENERAL

(Guam Fire Department)

1. Regularly maintain a 30-foot radius around your home, free of anything that will burn, such as wood piles, dried leaves, and newspapers.

2. Connect garden hoses long enough to reach any area of the home and fill garbage cans, tubs or other large containers with water.

3. Know where to go, with your ready emergency kit in tow

4. Deposit cigarette butts properly.

5. Avoid outdoor burning.

6. Develop a plan of escape. Make sure everyone in the household knows how to get out of every room and how to evacuate in under two minutes. They should also know where to meet, once they are out of the house.

SMOKE DETECTORS

(Pine Bluff Commercial)

1. Install a working smoke alarm on every level of the home, outside and or inside sleeping areas/bedrooms.

2. Smoke alarm batteries should be changed at least annually.

3. Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.

4. Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and knows what to do when it sounds.

5. Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

6. Try to avoid placing a smoke alarm near a bathroom, heating appliance windows, or ceiling fans.

7. Be sure to install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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GRILLING SAFETY

1. For propane grills, check the gas tank for leaks before use in the months ahead.

2. Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.

3. Place the grill well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

4. Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

5. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area.If you use starter fluid when charcoal grilling, only use charcoal starter fluid.

6. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.

7. When you are finished with grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing in a metal container.

8. Never leave your grill unattended when in use.

Source: NFPA

DEBRIS BURNING SAFETY

If you must engage in outside burning, here are a few precautions to include in your planning:

1. Before you burn, check the weather forecast.

2. Clear a 10-foot radius around your pile.

3. Keep your burn pile small.

4. Always have water and fire tools on site.

5. Stay with the fire until it is completely out.

6. NEVER use gasoline or other accelerants (flammable or combustible liquids) to start or increase your open fire.

Source: KTVZ

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