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Articles: Fire Prevention

How Does a Little Flame Become so Dangerous?...

December 28, 2016

There’s a special beauty and tranquility to candles, but a lighted candle is also a potential fire hazard if not carefully monitored.  The winter holidays and New Year’s Eve are peak times for candle fires, so be sure to exercise caution when celebrating with open flames.                                                      

  • Place lighted candles where they won’t be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.
  • Always keep burning candles within sight, and always extinguish them before leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • Keep candles away from curtains, clothing, books, and other combustible items.
  • Use durable candle holders that are big enough to collect wax drippings and don’t tip over easily.
  • Trim candle wicks to one-quarter inch, and maintain this wick length throughout the candle’s life.

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that 85 percent of candle fires could be avoided if consumers followed basic safety rules as mentioned above.

As Always - All homes should be equipped with working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

Categories: Fire Prevention, Home Tips, Safety,

Smoke Alarm Placement

December 5, 2016

The National Fire Protection Association recommends homes should have smoke alarms installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. 


You can help protect your family in a home fire with smoke alarms. Install smoke alarms on each level of your house (including the basement), outside each sleeping area, and inside each bedroom. Test each smoke alarm every month to make sure it is working correctly by pushing the test button with your finger. Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.

Categories: Fire Prevention, Property Maintenance, Safety,

The 12 Days of Christmas Safety!

November 29, 2016

Ahhh Christmas, it's just around the corner and many are scrambling to get everything done. Here's a few safety tips for your holiday season.

  1. Clean your Chimney.
  2. Make sure your outdoor lights are meant for outdoor use.
  3. Don’t leave cooking food unattended.
  4. Turn off all indoor & outdoor lights before going to bed.
  5. Use flameless candles.                                                            
  6. Always have a working fire extinguisher in the house.
  7. Use safe ladder practices when hanging lights.
  8. Keep trees away from any heat source.
  9. Do not overload electrical circuits or extension cords.
  10. Turn off Christmas lights before leaving the house.
  11. Keep sidewalks & steps clear to prevent slip & falls.
  12. Watch for exposed nails, wires or low hanging rafters when getting decorations out of the attic.

Categories: Fire Prevention, Home Tips, Safety,

Hot, Dry Conditions Mean Increased Fire Danger

July 5, 2016

The Finger Lakes region is in the midst of the third-driest June since records began being kept in the 1800s.  We know the lack of rain and higher temperatures can do damage to our lawns, but did you know that it can also spark mulch fires?   

Mulch comes in many forms, from pine needles and grass or hay, to wood chips and shavings, to recycled, shredded rubber.  All types of mulch are flammable.  All it usually takes is some type of heat source. It could be a carelessly discarded smoking material or a spark from a workman's tool or spontaneous combustion.  

When mulch naturally decomposes it creates heat that has nowhere to go.  The mulch will start to smolder and work its way down into the pile.  To prevent mulch fires, home and business owners should “turn” their mulch to release heat and keep it at least 18 inches away from a structure.  If you have a good water source, keeping the mulch wet, will also prevent smoldering.  Also, safely dispose of smoking material in a non-combustible container filled with water or sand.

Categories: Fire Prevention, Property Maintenance,

Holiday Decorating Safety

December 9, 2015

The holiday season is here!  No matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or all three, you should always make it a safe celebration.

Here’s a few tips while decorating your home and yard this season.

• If buying an artificial tree, look for the label “Fire Resistant.” Fire-resistant trees are less susceptible to catching fire.
• If purchasing a live tree, keep the stand filled with water by refilling daily.
• Place your tree at least 3 feet away from all heat sources, including fireplaces, radiators, and space heaters.
• Do not use “Indoor” lights outside.
• Check each set of lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections.
• Avoid artificial snow sprays as they can irritate lungs if inhaled.
• Poinsettias are poisonous when eaten, so keep them out of reach of kids and pets.

We wish everyone a Safe and Happy Holiday!

Categories: Fire Prevention, Property Maintenance,
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