Listed below are some safety issues that should be attended to during the winter months. Please take a moment to review each so that you may have a safe new year.
Happy New Year from the men and women of the Smithfield Fire Department.
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- Candles The top three days for home candle fires are New year’s Day, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
- Cooking Includes general cooking safety info, as well as tips for microwaves, cooking oil and turkey fryers.
- Electrical Safety in the home with circuit interrupters
- Heating The peak months for home heating fires are December, January and February.
- Smoking Smoking materials (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc.) are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States.
- Dryers and washing machines The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires is failure to clean them.
- Medical oxygen Portable medical oxygen in the home has grown over the past decade.
- Portable generators The most common dangers with portable generators are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrical shock, and fire hazards.
- Scalds Scald burns can be caused by any hot liquid, fluid, or vapor, including hot tap water, overheated beverages, steam, and hot oil.
- Portable fireplaces The fuel, device and open flame from these products can be dangerous.