Make your New Year’s resolution for safety. Do you know the top causes of home fires in Seattle? In frequency of occurrence they are: cooking, electrical, smoking, heating and candles. Here is one simple resolution for each that will help your family stay safe throughout the year.
Never leave food unattended while cooking. Many people lose more than their meal when they forget they are cooking.
Now is a good time to check all electrical appliances and cords for damage, and replace any that show wear.
If you smoke, doing it outside is safest. And make sure to use fire-safe cigarettes (required in Washington State since 2009).
Try to keep anything that can burn at least one foot away from heaters. Clothes, blankets, newspapers and furniture can start a fire if they are too close to a heater.
Make certain that you always blow out candles when you leave a room or go to sleep.
For more on preventing household fires, visit our website at http://www.seattle.gov/fire/pubEd/homesafety/homeFireSafety.htm