Resource CenterFire Safety for Wheelchair UsersTips On Fire PreventionImportant Tips On Fire Safety

2.1. Important Tips On Fire Safety

When Cooking:

  • Never leave a stove unattended. If you need to leave, even for a minute, make sure you turn the stove off.
  • Always wear tight fitting clothing when cooking over an open flame.
  • If food or grease catches fire, put a lid on the pan to smother the flames. Never use water to put out a grease fire!
  • Turn pot handles away from the front of the stove so they cannot be knocked over or pulled down.

When Using Electrical Appliances/Machines:

  • Unplug any appliance that begins to smell funny or produce smoke.
  • Never use any appliance that has any exposed wires.
  • Always replace frayed and damaged electrical cords.
  • Never overload extension cords with too many wires.
  • Keep all extension cords out of high traffic areas.
  • Electric blankets should have protection from overheating. Never over wash electric blankets because it may cause damage to the electrical circu

When Smoking:

  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Make sure that you never leave smoking materials (i.e., a lit cigarette) unattended.
  • Always be alert when smoking cigarettes. Avoid smoking while under the influence of alcohol or prescription drugs that may make you drowsy.
  • Soak ashes in water before disposing them in the garbage can.

When Using Heaters or Heating Systems Within Your Home:

  • Make sure there is adequate room surrounding space heaters.
  • Position heaters at least 3 feet away from flammable material.
  • Keep a safe distance between you and a space heater.
  • Have heating systems and chimneys checked and cleaned once per year.
  • Do not leave flammable materials such as fuel within your home. It is a good idea to keep materials such as these outside or in a detached garage or shed.
  • Always have fireplaces covered with the appropriate protective product.

Fire Safety Resources:
State Code Contacts www.access-board.gov/links/statecodes.htm
International Code Council www.iccsafe.org
National Fire Protection Association www.nfpa.org
United States Fire Administration www.usfa.fema.gov
American Red Cross www.redcross.org
Additional Information provided by the U.S. Fire Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. ( Fire Risks for the Mobility Impaired , October 1999).

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