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What is the right-of-way?
Why does the City allow utility companies to place lines under the streets when repairs are inevitable?
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Who picks up limbs, brush, etc.?
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Who decides what traffic signals are installed?
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I sold my property during the year and I still received a City Property Tax bill. What do I do?
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You should not call 9-1-1 if you are reporting a non-emergency or to ask a question.
When will the Bowling Green Fire Department begin taking applications for Entry-Level Firefighters?
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Helpful Hints for Calling 9-1-1
What you will be asked if you dial 9-1-1 !
Who do I call to report illegal dumping or an illicit discharge?
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Home Smoke Detectors
Cooking Fire Safety
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How to Fight Cooking Fires
Protecting Children in the Kitchen
Fire Escape Planning
How to Properly Use a Fire Extinguisher
If Your Clothes Catch Fire
Candles and Fire Safety
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Outdoor Grilling Tips
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Fire Safety for College Students
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Do I have to go through recruit training if I am already employed elsewhere as a Firefighter?
When will the written test be scheduled?
Will a criminal record prevent me from applying for a job as a Bowling Green Firefighter?
Are fireworks legal in Bowling Green?
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Does the Bowling Green Fire Department donate used bunker gear or equipment?
How do I find help installing a baby seat in my car?
I own a vacant structure that needs to be demolished. Can the Fire Department use it for training?
Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips
There are two Parks Departments in Warren County. The City's Park's department is known as BGPR (Bowling Green Parks & Recreation). The county Parks Department is WCPR (Warren County Parks and Recreation) and is located at 2055 Three Springs Road, (270) 842-5302.
If you need to arrange an event at Fountain Square Park or Riverfront Park, contact the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation department at (270) 393-3249.
State of the art weight room, Cardio room, Aerobics room, Racquetball/wallyball courts, Men's and Women's locker rooms with Jacuzzi and sauna, Fitness instruction, and the MicroFit fitness evaluation
Just let us know you are interested! There is no fee involved. We send out a monthly newsletter updating everyone about what is going on and what events are coming up. The newsletter goes out to volunteers, Special Olympic athletes, family members, folks that are involved in our social events, and anyone else who is interested in what is going on.
Just contact the Special Populations Department at 393-3584.
You can go to the City Clerk?s Office and ask for a Public Records Inspection Application. You then fill out the top portion and return it to the city clerk. The form can also be printed from the City?s web page. The City has up to three working days to process the request. When you are notified that your request has been processed, you may view the information for free, or if you wish to receive a copy of the requested information, there is a charge of $.10 per page. If the information you receive is for commercial purposes, there is a charge of $5.00 per page.
- Crimes in progress or crimes that have just occurred
- Any crime involving a weapon (gun, knife, club, broken bottle, etc.)
- Domestic Violence in progress, just occurred, or threatened
- Any vehicle accident involving injury
- Any time a suspect is still in or near the area
- Any medical emergency
- Any fire- building fires, brush fires, trash fires, or any other fire.
Fleet maintains 315 vehicles/equipment including Community Action buses and Operation Pride mowers.
You can look at the Citys Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which contains our audit:By Clicking Here. You can also look at the Chief Financial Officers monthly financial memorandum By Clicking Here.
Why does the City allow utility companies to place lines under the streets when repairs are inevitable?
Utilities are generally put under the street due to their size and the astronomical expenditure (translating to astronomical utility rates) that would be required to bypass the street. The costs of excavating streets is predictable and manageable, unlike the costs of landscaping different properties if utility excavation occurred on developed properties.
In an emergency condition after hours contact the Police Department.
All City streets with curb are swept at least monthly. Those with significant debris, such as the downtown areas and major arterials are swept weekly.
If it is an emergency condition after hours please contact the Police Department.
City/County Planning and Zoning Commission; (270)842-1953>.
275 East Main Street, 1E-A
Frankfort, Kentucky 40621
Telephone (502) 564-4212
Fax: (502) 227-0032
you can visit www.vitalrec.com for information.
If you have a credit card and want to order your birth certificate on the telephone, you may use this toll free number: 1-877-817-7362
NOTE: Upon request, the Office of Vital Records also provides copies of death certificates, marriage certificates and divorce certificates. If your request is in writing, there are specific guidelines you must follow in your request. You may download forms to complete at www.vitalrec.com which provide the required information you must submit. Call ahead to verify the amount you need to send. Currently the fee is $10.00 for birth certificates and $6.00 for death, marriage and divorce certificates.
- Fireworks may only be used between the hours of noon and 10:00 p.m. on June 27th through July 3rd and on July 5th and between the hours of noon and 11:00 p.m. on July 4th.
- Fireworks may not be sold or given to any person under the age of 18 and may only be used by a person 18 years of age or older.
- One must be at least 200 feet away from any structure, vehicle or any other person in order to ignite or light a firework.
- Fireworks cannot be discharged on public property, including public roadways.
- Young people suffer the majority of fireworks injuries, so they should never be allowed to light the fireworks.
- Remember to wear eye protection around lit fireworks.
- Remember that any firework has the potential to cause serious injury so caution should always be exercised when using them.
- Most people feel that sparklers are safe for children to hold, but sparklers burn at several hundred degrees and cause major burns if touched.
- Never point or throw fireworks at anyone.
- Always keep a water hose and bucket of water close by.
- If your clothes happen to catch on fire, remember to stop, drop & roll to extinguish the flames.
If you ever have a question regarding fire safety, please call us at 270-393-3702.
Bowling Green-Warren County Health Department
1109 State Street
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101
Telephone (270) 781-2490
You may also obtain a verification of your birth through this department for a $3.00 fee.
My mortgage company is supposed to pay my Property Taxes. Why did I receive the City Property Tax bill?Mortgage companies must request bills each year. Then, a code is placed on the property record in order to have the bill information automatically sent to the mortgage company. However, the property owner will receive the City bill with a notation of which mortgage company was sent the information. In doing this, property owners will have a record for their income taxes and can directly notify any new mortgage company if their loan was refinanced during the year and the wrong mortgage company requested their bill.
Several reminder notices are sent to property owners before anything else happens. Then, the City publishes current year unpaid Property Tax Bills in the newspaper once a year. We also list current year unpaid bills each month on our website. To view this list, click here: Click Here. If real estate bills remain unpaid, a foreclosure action is initiated in Warren Circuit Court and the property is then sold by the Master Commissioner.
You can Click Here or you can contact the City Treasurers Office at (270) 393-3000.
Because the laws governing alcohol are very complex, each question must be dealt with individually. You can obtain some general information By Clicking Here and Scrolling Down
You can : click here for more information: or you can contact the Occupational License Division at (270) 393-3000.
For sealed bids,
- To file a delayed report such as a theft from a vehicle or any other property theft, or a delayed criminal mischief report
- To report noise problems such as a loud vehicle, loud party, loud music, etc.
- To report reckless drivers, speeders, or any other traffic violation.
- To report a controlled burn (county only)
- For Information
Employment section of this web site on a periodic basis if you are interested in applying.
You can look up ordinances for the City of Bowling Green online at http://www.bgky.org/government/code-of-ordinances or you can contact the Office of City Clerk . To examine or purchase copies of the Zoning Ordinances or Subdivision Regulations, contact the City-County Planning Commission or visit their website.
If I am interested, who do I contact...
Office of City Clerk, City Hall, 1001 College St., 393-3632
City-County Planning Commission, 1141 State St., 842-1953
The County Clerk's office is where you get a marriage license. The Warren County Clerk's Office, is located at the Warren County Courthouse, 429 E. 10th St., 842-9416. The Warren County Clerk's is also responsible for property deeds, marriage licenses, vehicle registration, car tags, and voter registration.
You can call the City-County Planning Commission of Warren County at 270-842-1953 or look them up online at http://www.warrenpc.org
To find out what district you live in you will need to call the Board of Education at 270-746-2200
How do I find out more about property deeds, marriage licenses, vehicle registration, car tags, and voter registration?
The County Clerks office handles all of those. The Warren County Clerks Office, is located at the Warren County Courthouse, 429 E. 10th St., 842-9416. You can also visit them online at http://www.warrencountygov.com/
Contact City Central at City Hall, 1001 College St., 393-3444 or fill out our online Citizen Request Form at https://esuites.bgky.org/eSuite.RequestForAction/
What happens if I operate without a license or do not conform to the requirements for maintaining a license?If a licensee does not conform to the requirements for maintaining a license, the Board may suspend or permanently revoke any license issued by it. If a contractor is found to be operating without a license, the Board is authorized to bring necessary legal action, including cease and desist orders, against unlicensed contractors. The director may also apply for an injunction restraining the contractors actions.
- When the incident occurred<\li>
- Whether or not a weapon is involved. A weapon can be a gun, knife, baseball bat, club, razor, bottle, etc. It is very important to tell the Telecommunicator if a weapon is involved.
- A description of any suspects, including clothing and name if known.
- A description of any vehicles involved including color, year, make, model and license plate number and state.
- Last known location or direction of travel of any suspects or vehicles involved.
- How many people are injured, if any?
- Anything else you saw or heard that may be important to the responders. The more the Telecommunicators know about the incident the more able they will be to provide you with an effective emergency response.
- Remain Calm
- Speak Clearly
- Listen Carefully
- Stay on the Line
Call Josh Hankins at (270) 393-3099
Who do I call to schedule a water quality presentation (watershed display and informational powerpoint)?
Josh Hankins at (270) 393-3099
Smoke detectors, if properly installed and maintained, will give an early warning to your family in the event there is a fire, which could save the lives of your family members by quickly providing a chance to escape. There are many different brands of smoke detectors, but they come in two basic types: ionization and photoelectric.
Ionization detectors sound more quickly when a flaming, fast moving fire occurs. Photoelectric detectors are quicker at sensing smoldering, smoky fires. There are also dual sensor smoke detectors that combine ionization and photoelectric into one unit.
Because both types do a better job of detecting distinctly different fires, we recommend the installation of both ionization and photoelectric or dual sensor smoke detectors.
In addition to the basic types of detectors, there are detectors made to meet the needs of people with hearing disabilities. These detectors may use strobe lights that flash and/or vibrate to assist in alerting those who are unable to hear standard smoke detectors when they sound.
Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, including the basement. Since many fatal fires begin late at night or in the early morning, we also recommend installing smoke detectors inside and outside of every sleeping area in your home. Always follow the manufacturers installation instructions so that your family receives the warning at the earliest possible time to aid in escaping quickly from the fire.
Remember not to disable your smoke detector if it alarms due to cooking or other non-fire causes. You may not remember to put the batteries back in the detector after cooking. Instead clear the air by waving a towel near the detector, leaving the batteries in place. The smoke detector also may need to be moved to a new location to avoid false alarms.
Most smoke detectors have a life span of about 8-10 years. After this time, the entire unit should be replaced. It is a good idea to write the date of purchase with a marker on the inside of your detector so you will know when to replace it. In any event, always follow the manufacturers instructions for replacement.
Some smoke detectors are connected to the household electrical system and may or may not have battery backup. Its important to test every smoke detector monthly and replace the batteries with new ones at least once a year.
The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Here are a few tips to keep your home safe while cooking:
- Use oven mitts or potholders when moving hot food from ovens, microwave ovens, or stovetops. Never use wet oven mitts or potholders as they can cause scald burns. Remember to keep combustibles like potholders and paper towels away from the stove.
- Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle and catch fire if it comes into contact with a stove burner.
- Plug microwave ovens and other cooking appliances directly into an outlet and never use an extension cord since it will overload the circuit and cause a fire.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food and if you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- Use a timer to remind you that youre cooking.
- Never use an oven to heat your home or for any other purpose besides cooking.
- Turn pot handles away from the stove's edge to prevent the pan from being knocked or pulled off the stove.
- Treat a burn right away by putting it in cool water for 3 to 5 minutes. Seek medical attention immediately if you have any questions about how to treat the burn.
- If your smoke detectors sound during normal cooking, after quickly making sure there is no fire, fan the area around the detector with a towel to clear smoke away from the detector. Dont ever disable the detector when receiving nuisance alarms. Consider moving the detector further away from the stove if possible, but always follow the manufacturers instructions.
- Microwave ovens should be at a safe height and within easy reach of all users to prevent hot foods and liquids from spilling onto the user.
- Plug microwave ovens directly into an outlet and never use an extension cord since it will overload the circuit and cause a fire.
- Never put any type of metal or unapproved container in a microwave oven. Food should only be cooked in microwave safe dishes. If you arent sure, dont take a chance.
- Remember to slowly open heated food containers away from your skin to avoid steam burns.
- Since foods often heat unevenly in microwave ovens, make sure you stir and test the food before serving.
- If you are in doubt, leave the building immediately. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1 after you leave.
- If you do try to fight the fire, be sure others are already getting out and you have a clear path to the exit.
- Always keep a metal lid and an oven mitt nearby when you are cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, put the oven mitt on and very carefully slide the lid over the pan in order to smother the flames. Turn off the burner, and by all means, DONT move the pan or remove the lid until it is completely cool in order to keep the fire from restarting.
- In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you or your clothing.
- If you have a fire in your microwave oven, turn it off immediately and keep the door closed. Never open the door until the fire is completely out. Unplug the appliance only if you can safely reach the outlet.
- After a fire, both ovens and microwaves should be checked and/or serviced before being used again.
- Teach children that hot things burn.
- Never hold a child while cooking, drinking, or carrying hot foods or liquids.
- Establish and enforce a 3 foot child-free zone around the stove to keep children from being burned by hot foods and liquids. Also keep children 3 feet away from any place where hot foods and drinks are being carried or prepared.
- Remember to keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges.
- When children are old enough, teach them to cook safely but always supervise them closely.
Time is of the essence when escaping a fire, so every second counts. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for a house to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames, so proper escape planning will help your family get out quickly.
- Escape plans should be conducted at least twice per year.
- Make sure you have at least two ways out of every room, like the primary door and a window.
- Escape ladders can be used for high windows, but make sure they carry an Underwriters Laboratory (UL) listing.
- Each family member should practice feeling their way out of the house in the dark or with their eyes closed to simulate the dark, smoky conditions that exist in a fire.
- When a fire occurs, time should never be wasted trying to save valuables and keepsakes.
- Crawl low under the smoke and keep your mouth covered. The smoke contains toxic gases which can disorient and overcome you.
- Use the back of your hand to feel the door to see if its hot, which indicates fire is on the other side, so you should use your second escape route. If the door is cool, open it slowly. Quickly shut the door if smoke or heat comes in.
- Designate a meeting location away from the building that all family members are aware of. Then one person should call 911 from a neighbors house.
- Never go back into a burning building for any reason!
Before using a fire extinguisher, there are many things you should know first. Fire extinguishers are designed for small fires, not larger ones. You should have some knowledge of how to properly use it, on what type of fire to use each type of fire extinguisher and whether you should actually fight the fire or flee from it. Learning what to do before the fire occurs is essential. If you have a doubt as to whether or not you can fight the fire, dont take a chance. Get out of the building, alerting people as you go, and call the fire department.
If you choose to fight the fire, make sure of the following:
Be sure your back is to an unobstructed exit so that you can get out quickly if necessary.
Be sure that you are using the right extinguisher for the type of fire you have and that it is large enough to handle the fire.
Be sure the fire is not spreading beyond the immediate spot where it started.
In Order To Fight The Fire, Remember The Word PASS
P is for PULL - Pull the pin. Some extinguishers require releasing a lock latch, pressing a puncture lever, or taking another first step.
A is for AIM - Aim the extinguisher nozzle or its horn or hose at the base of the fire.
S is for SQUEEZE - Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
S is for SWEEP - Sweep from side to side, keeping the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire until the fire appears to be out. Watch the fire area and, if fire breaks out again, repeat the process.
Fit the Extinguisher to the Fire
Be sure to match the proper extinguisher to the type of fire you are fighting. Know what type of extinguishers you have available and which type of fires they can be used on. For example, it is dangerous to use a Type A extinguisher or water on a grease or electrical fire. Knowing your extinguisher can make the difference in putting the fire out or possibly making it bigger. Some extinguishers can be recharged after they are used and some must be discarded and replaced. Check your extinguisher to determine which kind it is.
Class A - Ordinary combustibles, such as paper, cloth, wood, rubber and plastic.
Class B - Flammable liquids, such as oil, grease, gasoline, oil-based paint, lacquer and flammable gases.
Class C - Energized electrical equipment, including fuse boxes, wiring, circuit breakers, machinery and appliances.
According to the United States Fire Administration, candles cause an estimated 15,600 fires in residential structures, 150 deaths, 1,270 injuries, and $539 million in estimated direct property damage each year.
- Over half (55%) of home candle fires start because the candle is too close to some combustible material.
- More candle fires (38%) begin in the bedroom than in any other room.
- Falling asleep is a factor in 12% of home candle fires and 26% of the associated deaths.
- Half of all civilian candle fire deaths occur between midnight and 6 a.m.
- December is the peak month for candle fires; Christmas is the peak day.
- Young children and older adults have the highest death risk from candle fires.
- The risk of a fatal candle fire appears to be higher when candles are used for light.
Candle Fire Safety Tips
- Ensure candles are in sturdy metal, glass, or ceramic holders and placed where they cannot be easily knocked down.
- Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
- Set a good example by using matches, lighters, and fire carefully.
- Children should never be allowed to play with matches, lighters or candles.
- Never put candles on a Christmas tree.
- Never leave the house with candles burning.
- Extinguish candles after use and never go to sleep while candles are still burning.
- NEVER leave burning candles unattended!
Source: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) - Candle Fires, September 2007.
- Routinely check electrical appliances and tools for worn or frayed wiring. If you notice smoke, sparks or overheating, discontinue their use and replace them immediately.
- Use electrical extension cords only for temporary purposes and never overload them.
- Never set or use electrical appliances on wet surfaces.
- Keep clothes, curtains and other potentially combustible items at least 3 feet from all heaters and never allow children to play close-by.
- Never run electrical cords under rugs or in high traffic areas and never allow doors or windows to be closed on or bend electrical cords.
- Never force an appliance with a three-prong plug into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
- Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.
- Use outlet plug covers on electrical outlets to protect children from electrical shock.
The Bowling Green Fire Department suggests the following tips to keep your family and home safe when grilling outdoors:
- Grills should be placed well away from houses, bushes, and other objects.
- Grills should never be used indoors or inside an unventilated area, as doing so would be both a carbon monoxide poisoning risk and a fire hazard.
- When grilling over charcoal, only use starter fluid developed specifically for barbecue grills.
- Before starting a gas grill, confirm that the link between the propane tank and the fuel line is operating correctly and not leaking. If a leak is suspected, turn off the gas immediately. Do not use the grill until the leak is fixed. Never use a match to hunt for leaks.
- Long-handled tools and barbeque mitts are good protection against contact burns.
- Children and pets should be kept away from the grill until the equipment has fully cooled.
- When making your reservations, ask if the building has smoke detectors and fire sprinklers.
- Upon arriving, become familiar with your surroundings. Locate 2 exits from your room. Count all doors between your room and each exit in case of an emergency evacuation in smoky conditions. Locate the fire alarm pull stations and detectors in your room and on your floor.
- Always take a flashlight with you on trips.
- Take note of the fire evacuation plan posted in your room and request one from the management if there isnt one.
- Never smoke in bed.
If a Fire Occurs:
- If the fire is in your room, get out quickly, closing the door behind you. Sound the alarm and notify the front desk.
- If the fire is not in your room, leave only if it is safe to do so. Be sure to take your room key with you in case fire blocks your escape and you need to re-enter your room.
- To check the hallway for fire, feel the door with the back of your hand. If the door is cool, get low to the floor, brace your shoulder against the door and open it slowly. Be ready to close it quickly if there are flames on the other side. Crawl low in the smoke to the nearest exit. Always use a stairwell, never an elevator. The elevator could stop at the floor of the fire.
- If your room door is hot, do not open it. Instead, seal the door with wet towels or sheets. Call the fire department to give your location. Turn off the fans and air conditioners. Signal from your window with a flashlight or light-colored sheet, towel or article of clothing.
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) reports that in cases where fire fatalities occurred on college campuses, alcohol was a factor. In more than 50% of adult fire fatalities, victims were under the influence at the time of the fire. Alcohol abuse often impairs judgment and hampers evacuation efforts. Cooking is the leading cause of fire injuries on college campuses, closely followed by careless smoking and arson.
- Students should be made aware of the general rules of fire safety. Proper evacuation procedures should be discussed, along with how to properly use the fire alarm system and notify emergency dispatchers.
- Students should take each alarm seriously and never ignore them.
- Vandalized smoke detectors and fire alarm systems can prevent early detection of fires.
- Misuse of cooking appliances, overloaded electrical circuits and extension cords increase the risk of fires.
- Students should keep exit doors and windows clear and unobstructed.
- All students should be required to participate in fire drills.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that Halloween is the fifth highest day of the year for candle fires, trailing only Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Years Day and New Years Eve. Fires caused by ignited decorations resulted in an average of 1,610 house fires a year in the United States in 2000-2004. Here are a few tips:
- Make homemade costumes or purchase only flame-resistant or flame-retardant costumes.
- Use flashlights when illuminating jack o lanterns.
- If you choose candles, keep the pumpkin away from anything that can burn. This is especially critical if your area is experiencing drought conditions. Lawns and shrubbery can be extremely dry and a fire can start in an instant. Keep decorations such as dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper away from heat sources.
- Illuminate walkways with flashlights instead of candles or torch lights.
- Provide your child with a lightweight flashlight for trick or treating.
- Make sure all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and repair/replace them as needed.
- Plan and practice exit drills in your home with all household members.
- Place portable heaters, space heaters and wood or coal burning stoves at least three feet away from furniture, walls, curtains or anything else that can burn.
- Turn off space heaters when you leave home or go to bed.
- Let liquid fueled heaters cool down before refueling them. Refuel the heater outdoors, away from structures where spills won't present a fire hazard. Use only the fuel recommended.
- Never install unvented gas heaters in bedrooms or bathrooms where carbon monoxide can build up to dangerous levels.
- Use fireplace screens to protect your home from sparks.
- Burn only dry, well-seasoned wood in your fireplace or wood stove.
- Never leave cooking unattended.
- Purchase a fire extinguisher and learn how to properly use it.
- Check all smoke detectors and repair/replace any that don't work.
- Never leave cooking unattended.
- Know how to properly use a fire extinguisher.
- Prepare an exit plan with a meeting spot outside and practice the plan with your family.
- Keep fresh Christmas trees sufficiently watered so the needles don't dry out and shed.
- Keep Christmas trees away from all heat sources and exits.
- Make sure artificial trees are flame-retardant.
- Never decorate metal trees with electric lights.
- Only purchase UL listed lights and decorations.
- Unplug lights before going to bed or leaving your home.
- Never run electrical cords through doorways or under rugs.
- Inspect and replace lights and extension cords with exposed wires or damaged cords.
- Don't overload electrical outlets. Use power strips instead.
- Never leave burning candles unattended or place them near combustibles.
- Only burn well-seasoned, dry wood in your fireplace. Never burn paper in a fireplace.
The misuse of wood stoves, portable space heaters and kerosene heaters are common risks in rural areas, where individuals are twice as likely to die in a fire as individuals living in cities and suburban areas.
When shopping for a wood stove, look for solid construction, like plate steel or cast iron. Then remember to closely follow the manufacturer's installation and maintenance instructions. Check for cracks in the body of the stove and inspect legs, hinges and door seals for smooth joints and seams. Use only well-seasoned wood for fuel, not green wood, paper or trash. Inspect and clean your pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions. Be sure to keep combustible objects at least three feet away from your wood stove.
Electric Space Heaters
Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Buy only those heaters that have a thermostat control mechanism that will switch off automatically if the heater falls over. Dont dry clothes on top of heaters or lay objects on top of them. Keep combustibles at least 3 feet away from each heater. Always unplug your electric space heater when not in use.
Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Only use them for their intended use and fuel them only with the manufacturers recommended fuel. Dont overfill the heater and only use it in a well ventilated room.
- Fireplaces must be inspected and cleaned regularly because they build up creosote in their chimneys that can quickly start a fire.
- Check for cracks or any obstructions.
- Make sure the damper is open before starting a fire.
- Never burn trash, paper or green wood in your fireplace. These materials cause heavy creosote buildup.
- Use a heavy screen to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
- Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.
- Store cooled ashes in a tightly sealed metal container outside the home.
- Follow the manufacturer recommendations for the amount of oil to add to your turkey fryer; do not overfill and risk starting a fire.
- Never leave turkey fryers unattended. Monitor the temp closely. If smoke comes from the oil, turn the burner off - the oil is overheated.
- As you're preparing your holiday meal, use timers as a reminder to check your food periodically to help lessen the chance of a kitchen fire.
- Only use turkey fryers outdoors away from anything that can catch fire. Never place it on wooden decks, in a garage or under carports.
- If deep frying turkeys, the turkey must be thawed. Frozen turkeys placed in hot oil can be explosive and very dangerous.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- When baking or roasting food, use a timer to remind you that you're cooking.
- Wear short close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking to help prevent them from dangling and catching fire on a stove burner
- When cooking, turn pot handles away from the stove's edge to prevent the pan from being knocked or pulled off the stove.
- Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove while cooking.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them monthly by pushing the test button.