Staunton Fire  Protection District
'Serving The Citizens of Staunton and surrounding areas since 1923'
618-635-2139   |   Fire Department Non-Emergency
The Staunton Fire Protection District, along with the National Fire Protection Association want to remind you that nearly 80 percent of U.S. fire deaths occur in the home. Fire safety should be part of everday life and every household should have an established escape plan.
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KITCHEN SAFETY
Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, broiling, or grilling
Ensure an approved fire exstingusher is near the kitchen
Keep the stove top clean clean of grease, spills, or clutter
Ensure pot handles are turned toward the back of the stove
If a fire does start:
O Try to extinguish the fire in the pan by slowly sliding the lid over the pan. Don't try to throw the lid on from a distance or place the lid directly on the pan
O By sliding the lid on the top of the pan, you cut off the oxygen to the fire and fire will die
O Once this has been done, turn the burner off to remove the heat source. Caution: under no circumstances should you attempt to put out a fire in a pan on the stove by using water. Doing so will only increase the intensity of the fire, causing possible injury to yourself or spreading flame to other portions of the room
O Fire in an Oven:
If a fire starts in the oven, closing the oven door will cut off the oxygen in most cases and smother the fire. Again, turn off the oven to remove the heat source and keep the oven door closed
STAYING SAFE AND WARM
Have your central heating serviced annualy
Have your chimney cleaned and inspected before each heating season
Ensure space heaters are at least 3 feet from anything flammable
Turn off space heaters when nobody is in the room or when you go to bed
AROUND THE HOME
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE
Test smoke detectors monthly, replace the battery promptly
Ensure all elextrical outlets and wiring are properly grounded and protected on the fuse box, have it professionaly inspected
Replace all frayed or cracked electral cords
All bathroom and kitchen outlets should have ground-fault circuit-intrerrupters (GFCI) installed, and they should be tested annually to ensure proper working condition
All candles should be extingushed whenever nobody will be in the room, all candles should be on safe sturdy surfaces, and away from any combustable material
Smokers should smoke outside, if smoking in the home ensure that a large deep ashtray is in use, and all matches and lighters are kept out of each of children. Never smoke in bed and never fall asleep with a lit cigarette while on the couch or recliner
Ensure all paints, gasoline, and other flammable liquids are stored away from sources of sparks, flames, and heating elements
1. Draw a floor plan of your home and review it with every member of the family. An easy to template is available from NFPA, download Escape Plan Template
2. Choose an outside meeting place that is a safe distance from your home. Mark it on your escape map and have all family members meet their during fire drills
3. Ensure all members of the family know how to contact the fire department, in our area you will always dial 9-1-1
4. After you and your family have developed an escape plan, PRACTICE IT! A good time to practice is during National Fire Prevention week in October. If you have infants ensure that someone is in charge of them. And remeber ONCE YOUR OUT STAY OUT!!
Home Safety and Escape Plan
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FIRE LINKS FOR KIDS
www.nfpa4kids.org
www.smokeybear.com/index.asp
www.greatamericanfiredrill.org
www.firesafety.gov/kids/flash.shtm