Tip of The Month
Practice Kitchen Fire Safety
If a fire starts in your stove, toaster oven or microwave, keep the door closed and unplug the unit until the fire burns out. Do NOT use water on a grease fire – it only makes the fire worse and hot oil can splatter and burn you. If you’re sleepy or drowsy, don’t cook a meal that requires turning on appliances.
After warming up food, open slowly and away from the face.
When the alarm sounds... Get out!
Fire doubles in volume every 30-60 seconds. In just a couple of minutes, an entire room or multiple rooms can be engulfed in flames and smoke. When the fire alarm sounds, get out of the building - FAST and NEVER, no matter what, delay or go back inside the building to get your “things”. Ask yourself, is a cell phone or computer more important than your life? No way. You can always buy a new cell phone; but you can’t buy your life back.
Take it Slow When Driving in Snow
Driving in winter weather can be dangerous and frightening.
Ohio State's Environmental Health and Safety Department put together these tips for driving this winter.
High Rise Fires:
If you are trapped and cannot reach an exit staircase, call 911, close doors and if possible, hang a white sheet outside your window so the fire department can find you quickly.
Be sure to empty the lint filter before and after each load of laundry. Overtime, lint can begin to build up around the the dryer drum and pose a fire hazard if not cleaned properly. Dryer Safety Tips for more information.
Hover Board - Part Toy, Part Transportation:
Do not leave a charging hoverboard unattended.
For more information on Hoverboard Safety, check out our Hoverboard Safety Tips.
How Hot Does A Sparkler Burn?
For additional information on firework safety, check out theseFireworks Safety Tips.
Grill with Caution:
If grease catches fire, carefully slide a lid over the pan and smother the flames. Then proceed to turn off the burner.
For additional information, checkout our Cooking Safety Tips.
College Campus Safety:
When in your residence hall room, make sure you can hear the building alarm system at all times.
For additional information on campus fire safety, view our Campus Fire Safety Tips.
November is Fire Prevention Month.
Take a few moments to ensure your smoke alarms are in good working order. Test them by pressing the test button, and if they use replaceable batteries, change them if needed. Additionally, make sure everyone in your household knows the emergency escape plan, including designated meeting points outside. Regularly practicing this plan can make a life-saving difference in the event of a fire.
Winter Holiday Safety:
Make sure to choose decorations that are flame resistant or retardant.
October is Fire Safety Month.
Check out our Fire Safety Checklist to find out what you can do to make sure your home is fire safe.