Below are a few tips to keep your family and home fire safe.
A working smoke detector is the most efficient and reliable way to notify occupants of your home that there is a fire. Smoke detectors should be located on every floor and outside of all sleeping areas.
Smoke detector batteries should be checked monthly and replaced every six months. Remember - WHEN YOU CHANGE YOUR CLOCK - CHANGE YOUR BATTERY!
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that is slightly lighter than air. CO displaces oxygen in the bloodstream. CO poisoning is initially identified by general fatigue, dizziness and headache. If not addressed, it can result in death. CO detectors will identify sudden spikes in CO levels and longer-term low-level exposures. CO detectors should be placed in or near each bedroom and in the living room / family room. Avoid problem areas such as near showers, kitchen steam, or garage entrances. CO detectors should be replaced every 7 or 8 years.
Each home should have at least one "A-B-C Dry Chem" extinguisher. A 3 or 5 lb extinguisher should be sufficient. This kind of extinguisher is able to put out Class A (wood, paper, etc), Class B (gasoline, oil, flammable liquids) and Class C (electrical) fires. It is also recommended that a kitchen-specific extinguisher be kept in or near the kitchen. These extinguishers are designed for kitchen fires, including grease, and are designed to flow higher volumes of extinguishing agent at a lower pressure. Lastly, remember the acronym "PASS" - Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep.
Fire Escape Plan:
It is very important to have a plan in place, just in case of an emergency. A good plan will have two ways out of every room and a common meeting place that is away from your house. The plan only works if families practice it.
The Westfield Fire Department offers these tips for grilling safely:
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
- The grill should be placed away from the home or deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Children and pets should be at least 3 feet away from the grill area.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease and fat buildup from the grates and trays below.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
In addition to these tips, the Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind Westfield residents who might reside in one of the many multi-family apartment buildings within the district, that grill use and storage are prohibited on 2nd and 3rd story balconies, and must be pulled away from the building at least 10 ft. if being used on a 1st floor deck or patio. This code has been set forth by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and is found in the Connecticut State Fire Prevention Code. Any persons found in violation of this code are subject to penalties set forth by their buildings management company and/or State and local Fire Marshal’s Office.
If you have any questions pertaining to the use of grills, please contact the Westfield Fire District Fire Marshal’s Office.