New Year's Resolutions for a Safer, Fire-Free 2012
Friday, December 30, 2011 - 2:29am
The City of Madison Fire Department offers these Top Ten New Year's resolutions for residents and visitors:
10. Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional. Do not operate the dryer without a clean lint filter.
9. Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep. Candle fires cause an average of 136 civilian deaths each year.
8. Use electricity wisely: replace/repair damaged cords, avoid prolonged use of extension cords, don't overload outlets. Electrical failure or malfunction causes more than 50,000 fires each year.
7. If you smoke, smoke outside. Before you throw out butts and ashes, make sure they are out - dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that. Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States.
6. Store matches and lighters out of children's reach and sight, up high, preferably in a locked cabinet.
5. Consider residential fire sprinklers. They provide added protection, particularly for families that include older adults, young children, or people with disabilities.
4. Purchase and install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm on each level of your home. More than 400 people die each year from unintentional, non-fire-related CO poisoning
3. Install, maintain, and test smoke alarms in your home. A working smoke alarm cuts the risk of fire fatalities in half!
2. Plan and practice your family's escape. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms, AND advance planning - a home fire escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced.
1. Stand by your pan! Cooking fires are the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Stay alert and stay in the kitchen when you are cooking.
- Lori Wirth, (608) 266-5947