Roy City Fire Department: Spring Cleaning Fire Safety

In the House

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, change low batteries immediately.
  • Check your fire extinguishers.
  • Check for overloaded or damaged extension cords, replace them where needed.
  • Ensure you have an emergency preparedness kit in case of incidents such as power outages and flooding.
  • Practice your family’s fire escape plan so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.
  • Windows should be checked to ensure they open and close properly, in case they are needed as an exit.
  • Properly store household chemicals and never mix cleaning agents.
  • Recycle: get rid of old newspapers, magazines, and junk mail. These items tend to pile up and can greatly contribute to the severity and spread of fire.
  • Check and clean the filters above the stove.
  • Keep stairs and landings clear for safe evacuation in case of an emergency.

Around the House

  • Make sure your address numbers are up and visible from the street.
  • Maintain a clear ‘fire zone’ of 10′ around structures.
  • Check outdoor electrical outlets and other electrical appliances for animal nests and ensure proper wiring.
  • Keep 100′ garden hose with an attached nozzle connected and ready to use.
  • Remove leaves and trash from carports and garages: combustible materials are dangerous if they are exposed to heated automobile components, especially under the vehicle.
  • Clean up and properly store paints, pool, and yard chemicals.
  • Check fuel containers for leaks and make sure they are properly stored.
  • Let power equipment sit for approximately 30 minutes before placing it inside to be sure there is no possibility of fire.

BBQ Tips

  • All barbeque grills must only be used outdoors—using grills indoors or in enclosed spaces is not only a fire hazard, but it exposes occupants to toxic gasses and potential asphyxiation.
  • Always position the grill well away from combustible objects—buildings, fences, deck railings, and landscaping can easily and quickly ignite.
  • Get your grill cleaned and serviced. Check all propane tanks and lines for leaks and damage.
  • Never leave a lit grill unattended.
  • Always use long-handled grilling utensils and heat-resistant oven mitts to avoid exposure burns from heat and flames.
  • Periodically remove grease build-up in catch trays to prevent it from igniting.
  • Keep a garden hose nearby, connected, and ready for use in case of a fire.


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