NHC Offers Fire Safety Tips
Published 31st May 2007, 11:58am
The National Hurricane Committee is advising members of the public to avoid using open flames such as candles or kerosene lamps for lighting, in the event of a power loss. These carry a great risk of starting a fire.
It is recommended that you use flashlights as these provide the safest light. However, if you have no choice but to use open flames, follow the tips below:
- Always place candles on fire resistant holders or in containers made for such use
- Keep candles away from open windows and doors, curtains, paper towel holders, tablecloths etc.
- Never leave candles unattended
- Never allow children to play around lit candles
- Always extinguish candles before going to sleep
- Keep lighters and matches in a safe place and away from children.
- Make sure matches are properly snuffed out before throwing away.
Gas stoves & gas lanterns
- Before using, make sure anyone who will be in using the stove knows how to operate it. Read the instruction manual.
- Never use in enclosed room; always ensure proper ventilation is available
- To avoid the build up of gas in a gas stove or lantern always light the match or lighter and hold it to the burner before turning on the valve.
- Never allow children to operate a gas stove
- Keep all combustible materials such as towels, paper holders, pot holders etc, away from stove when in use.
- Never leave a lit stove unattended.
- Propane cylinders used for cooking must be kept outside of building. This includes the small 20-lb cylinders.
- Always turn off cylinder after each use.
Grills and charcoal stoves
- Keep lighter fluid away from burning coals, and other open flames.
- Never use a grill inside the home
- Make sure coals are properly snuffed out after each use.
- Refuel oil lamps in a ventilated area and clean up any spills before lighting.
- Move the lamp away from the area where it was refueled.
- Keep lamps away from any possible moving objects such as curtains, fans etc.
- Always ensure that your home has adequate fire extinguishers
- Learn how to use extinguishers before they are needed
- Always store gasoline/petrol in proper storage containers, away from flames and outside of the home
- Make sure your home is equipped with at least one working smoke detector.