Keep you and your family safe by using these fire prevention tips from the St. Louis Park Fire Department. Upon request, firefighters will visit your home and offer advice on where to place smoke detectors or how to create an evacuation plan. Call 952.924.2171 for more information.
- Install a smoke detector in every bedroom, in the hallway outside of bedrooms, and on every level of your home.
- Test your detectors every month, and change the batteries twice a year.
- Buy a fire extinguisher (rated 2A-10BC) for the kitchen.
- Keep matches and lighters out of children's reach.
- Teach children what a smoke detector alarm sounds like and what to do if they hear it.
- Teach children never to hide during a fire. Tell them to call for help if they can't escape.
- Prepare and practice a home evacuation plan. Set a meeting place so you can be sure everyone is safe.
- Avoid the use of extension cords. Use a fused power strip instead.
- Power strips should be equipped with overload protection.
- Periodically check electrical cords for insulation cracks.
- Learn where your electrical panel is located and how to turn off breakers/power supply.
- Have your furnace properly maintained and change filters regularly.
- Don't store boxes too close to the furnace or water heater. Leave at least three feet of clearance.
- Keep lint from accumulating in and around your clothes dryer.
- If you have gas appliances, learn where the shut-off valves are and check to make sure they're operational.
- Properly install and maintain wood-burning appliances.
- If you have an attached garage, make sure the firewall between the house and garage is in good condition.
- Light bulbs get very hot. Keep clothes, curtains and papers away from them.
- Don't leave burning candles or oil lamps unattended.