- Do not smoke in bed or allow
small children to play with matches. Cigarettes are a major
source of fires.
- Store all flammable liquids in
a secure, UL (United Laboratories) approved container and in
a well ventilated area; do not store gasoline in a flimsy
container or in a closet or some other enclosed area.
- If using gasoline or other
flammable liquids, watch out for their vapors. Not only do
they damage the lungs, eyes and nose at times, but the
vapors can explode with or without a flame; have plenty of
ventilation when using such liquids.
- Keep your dwelling free of
clutter, trash piles and other accumulated items (such as
old newspapers, paper bags, etc); good housekeeping is a
very good way to reduce the risk of fire or spreading fire.
- Remember: piles of trash,
newspapers and other debris make it difficult to escape from
a fire too!
- Make sure your electrical
system is in good order; do not overload your circuits . . .
if you have more appliances and other electrical items than
your present system can handle, increase the amps in your
electrical system. A good way to tell if you have too much
on one circuit is if the fuse or circuit breaker continually
shuts off the electrical power to your appliances or other
- Do not put many plugs into one
outlet; this overloads the outlet (which can cause a fire).
- Explain (and run a test drill)
for everyone in your home or place of employment on how to
escape from a fire if one is started.
- Ask your fire department to
inspect your property to check for fire hazards.
- Report any fire hazards that
exist in your neighborhood to the same office; they have the
legal power to order it corrected.
- Use the "Tot
Finders" which are red and silver decals (which glow in
smoke or darkness) and attach one to any window in your home
where an elderly person, disabled person or child sleeps;
this signals firemen, arriving at a fire, to go immediately
to that room to make certain everyone is out of the
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For more information, contact the Office of
State Senator Vincent J. Fumo.
|1208 Tasker Street|
Philadelphia, PA 19148
|2637 East Clearfield Street|
Philadelphia, PA 19134
|Senate Box 203001|
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3001
|Copyright © 1996 by State Senator Vincent J. Fumo. Copyright is not claimed as to part of the original work prepared by an employee of the Senate of Pennsylvania, or Commonwealth governmental officer or employee as part of that person's official duties. All rights reserved. No part of this transmission may be copied, downloaded, stored, disseminated, transferred, or used, in any forms or by an means, except with State Senator Vincent J. Fumo's prior written permission.|