From The Desk of Chief Caswell:
With our nights and days inevitably getting colder, it can be quite inviting to light a fire in the fireplace to take the chill out. But before lighting it for the season it may be a good idea to have it, and the chimney, inspected. Also make sure to cover the opening of the fireplace with a screen to help prevent sparks from leaving and possibly starting a fire. Keep at least three feet of clearance around the fireplace, including keeping children and pets from sitting too close. Toys and other potentially flammable materials should be kept away from this area as well. Space heater safety guidelines should also be followed. Again, keep a minimum of three feet of clear floor and clear air space around your space heater. This includes draperies or curtains, furniture and table cloths. This is also an area where children and pets should not play around. Turn space heaters off when leaving or when going to bed. Some space heaters offer an automatic shut-off option that will turn the unit off if temperatures reach a dangerous level.
With the holidays approaching, cooking fires tend to increase this time of year. Keeping a fire extinguisher under the sink could come in handy. A class ABC dry chemical extinguisher will cover many types of fire situations. Broken down, a Class A is good for ordinary combustible materials such as paper, wood, cardboard and some plastics. Class B is good for flammable or combustible liquids including gasoline, kerosene and grease or oil. Class C is good for fires involving electrical equipment such as appliances, circuit breakers, outlets and wiring. Never use water on a grease fire or an electrical fire, and extinguishing a fire in a pot or pan could be as simple as covering it with the lid.
Calling 911 in an emergency doesn’t always have to be the responsibility of an adult. Every member of your household should have the knowledge to call if needed.
The Officers and Members of the Waubeka Fire Department wish to extend to you a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!
Jason D. Caswell