Celebrations mean cooking and sharing food. Cooking related fires remain the main cause of fires during holidays and celebrations.
- Most fires start from cooking left unattended – use a timer, never leave when cooking, especially when cooking with oil.
- If a pot is on fire, cover it with a lid or flat metal pan.
If using incense and candles:
- Use battery powered candles instead of wax candles to be extra safe.
- Keep incense and candles away from drapes, pillows, bedding and anything that can burn!
- Burn incense or candles in a sturdy, heat resistant container.
- Put incense and candles out before leaving the room or before going to bed.
Smoke/Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms:
- Install smoke and CO alarms on every level of your home
- Smoke alarms should never be disabled. Use a dish towel to stop the alarm from beeping if cooking smoke sets it off.
- Test the smoke alarm by pushing the test button every 2 months. Replace battery yearly.
- When the smoke alarm goes off, that is the signal to follow the escape plan. Get out and call 9-1-1 from a safe location.