By Captain Chad A. Kelly for The Island Connection
It’s that time of year where we start making resolutions for the New Year. A resolution that should be at the top of everyone’s list is a safe home. Here are some tips to make your home safer:
• Are the counters and stove top clean and uncluttered?
• Is there a “play free” zone around the stove? (3 feet)
• Are towels and hot pads kept away the cooking area?
• Are extension cords used safely (not frayed)
• Are extension cords under rugs?
• Are electrical outlets overloaded?
• Are combustibles kept away from heating sources?
• Does your fire place have a screen?
• Are matches/lighters kept out reach of children?
• Can your address been seen clearly from the street?
• Is there a working smoke alarm on every floor?
• Is there a working smoke alarm in each sleeping area?
• Are smoke alarms tested once a month?
• Does your family have a home escape plan?
• Does your family practice your home escape plan?
• Where is your family meeting place?
St. Johns Fire District has a program called Citizen SAFE, as part of the program a representative of the fire department will come to your home and assist you in making your home safer by pointing out hazards. There is no cost or fines with this program. Please contact St Johns Fire District Headquarters or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time.
As always if you have any questions, would like a fire and life safety program or need a smoke alarm installed feel free to contact the St. John’s Fire/Rescue, Fire Prevention Division. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from St. Johns Fire District.