Oct. 4-10 was National Fire Prevention Week, here are some fall fire safety tips from the Minneapolis Fire Department:
• Get your furnace inspected by a licensed professional to make sure it’s working safely and efficiently. Don’t use space heaters while sleeping or when they are left unattended.
• Create a family escape plan: Plan ahead in case you need to exit your home quickly in an emergency, and pick a safe meeting spot for family members outside your house. Make sure everyone knows where to meet, and practice the plan. Ideas for a safe meeting spot include a neighbor’s house, a big tree close by or a nearby fire hydrant.
• Have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a licensed professional if you use your fireplace regularly.
• Test your smoke alarms. The theme for this year’s National Fire Prevention Week is “Hear the beep where you sleep” encouraging people to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Smoke alarms need to be checked monthly, and the batteries must be changed twice a year. A great time to remember to change your battery is daylight saving time (change your clock, change your battery). Daylight saving time ends Nov. 1.
• Enjoy bonfires – or recreational fires – safely and legally by burning only untreated wood, keeping the fires small and locating them at least 25 feet from any structure. Learn more about the Minneapolis recreational fire law or watch a video on having bonfires in the city.
• Don’t burn leaves or other yard waste.
• Test your carbon monoxide detectors, and make sure you have one within 10 feet of every bedroom.
Prevent kitchen fires
More fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home. That’s why the Minneapolis Fire Department wants to make sure you know how to prevent cooking fires.
Kitchen fire safety is explained in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong as part of the City’s “Did you know…” series of short videos on the City’s YouTube channel and cable channels 14 and 79. Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos.
• Kitchen Fire Safety
Learn how to prevent kitchen fires and what to do if there’s a fire while you’re cooking in this video from the Minneapolis “Did you know…” series.
• Seguridad contra incendíos en la cocina (Spanish)
Aprenda como prevenir un incendio en la cocina y qué hacer si hay un incendio mientras está cocinando en la serie de videos de Minneapolis “Sabía usted que…”
• Amaanka Dabka ee Jikada (Somali)
Fiidyoga taxanaha ”Ma Ogtahay…” ee YouTube ee Magaalada ee maqalka iyo muuqaalka leh waxaad ka barataa ka hortaga dabka jikada iyo talaabada aad qaadi kartid haddii dab ka kaco jikada.
• Kev Xyuas Xim Huav Chav Ua Mov (Hmong)
Yog xav paub txog kev xyuas xim hauv chav ua mov, sais nroog Minneapolis tshooj xov xwm hu, “Koj pos paub”
For more fire safety tips, follow the Fire Department on Twitter at @MinneapolisFire.