Tis the season to be jolly and also safe. As we celebrate the holidays, let's be safe. Retired FDNY Charles Harris reminds us to practice fire safety especially in the winter. Here are a few of his tips to have a safe winter:
Avoid smoking when tired because there is a chance that the smoker might fall asleep, causing the cigarette to fall and create a fire.
Extension cords should not be used for a long period of time. As extension cords get old, the wires within begin to age and break down causing fires. Avoid placing in public areas where they can be stepped on; avoid placing in doorways where the door can close on it and lastly avoid plugging too many appliances into it.
With an electrical fire, shut off the source, ie.. unplug a malfunctioning toaster oven.
Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan, twice a year.
Lastly, what is rapidly becoming a common cause of fire, resulting in numerous fatalities is the rechargeable lithium ion battery that can be found in bikes and laptop computers.
Thank you Charles! Cheers to a safe and happy 2023 and beyond! one love, IM