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Safety Tips

Central Joint Fire District cares about safety in all of its forms. Captured here are some tips that appeared over a series of weeks during Thanksgiving and Christmas on our FaceBook page

Portable Generators:

Before refueling a generator turn it off and let it cool off. Fuel on a hot engine can cause a fire and of course as you lean over it to fill it you are in trouble! Always store the fuel for generators outside of your living area in appropriate and approved containers. Source: USFA

More on generators- keep it in a dry place. Do not plug a generator into a wall outlet as it can cause an electrocution risk to utility workers and others served by the same utility transformer. Have a qualified electrician install a generator. source: USFA

Portable generators are sometimes used when power is out. there are three primary hazards when using generators… carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock or electrocution and fire. Source: USFA

Generators are becoming a more popular option at this time of year. Please remember to use generators outdoors away from windows, door and vents. Never use generators in homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces or other enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. Make sure you have a Carbon monoxide alarm that is functional if using a generator. Source: USFA

Electrical Concerns

Extension cords are ok if you do not run them inside any wall at any time. nor should they be run under rugs or furniture or rugs. Extension cords do get warm and thus are a fire source. Source: USFA

Signs of electrical problems: flickering lights- if lights dim when you turn on other appliances- if sparks appear when inserting or removing a plug, warm electrical cords, frequently blown circuit breakers or fuses, and frequent blub burnout. Source: USFA

Do NOT throw towels or clothing over light bulbs to gain some “atmosphere”. Some bulbs are very hot and this can cause a fire very easily. Also make sure you use the correct wattage bulb for your appliances! Source: US Fire Admin.

Avoid overloading your power strips and outlets with extra lights. Make sure that those outdoor lights are rated for out-doors.

If you are leaving the house for a few days do unplug the toaster, coffee pot and things like that. Do shut down your computer and TV.

Christmas Tree? If it’s a REAL tree the make sure you water it thoroughly, daily.  Do not buy a tree with the needles already falling out.  Place the tree at least 3 feet from any heat source.  Lights- if they’re old get rid of them and buy LED ones.   LED’s are cooler and a lesser heat source.  Source: USFA


Snow and ICE…PLEASE drive nice! Drive slower and increase your distance between cars. Drive defensively

PATIENCE, PATIENCE and more PATIENCE.  That is what you’ll need for today, whether standing in line at the grocery to cash out, or driving your car with 37.7 million others on the roads or going through airport security! Give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going and remember to be thankful that you got there! Be safe.

Remember to drive defensively. That means to pay attention to the road and your surroundings.  Try to keep distractions to a minimum.  Have the kids take their favorite portable games with them, keep the radio on low, don’t eat, drink, use the phone or text while driving.  Be safe and drive defensively.

Maps or GPS???  Remember GPS can get it wrong.  Do have paper maps as a back-up.  Also remember to have an alternative route in mind (if possible) in the event of a road closure.  Know your car’s gas mileage and where and when the gas stations are located and open.  Be prepared! Drive safely and alertly.

Please drive with your lights on everyday for increased safety. Use your low beams in dense fog and heavy snow. Driving with lights on is a proven safety measure.

Get ready for your trip. If by car, make sure it is serviced prior to getting on the road. If by plane, know how and what to pack. Wear shoes easy to slip off and plan to get to the airport early enough for the security checks.


Each year fires occurring during the holiday season claim the lives of over 400 people, injure 1,650 more, and cause over $990 million in damage. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), there are simple life-saving steps you can take to ensure a safe and happy holiday.

Over half of home fires start because a candle is too close to combustible materials.  Most candle fires start in the bedroom.  December is the peak month for candle fires and Christmas is the peak day.  Source: USFA

More on candles… The majority of candle fires result from human error and negligence.  Avoid using and leaving unattended lighted candles.  Make sure lighted candles are out of reach of children at all times and lastly, never put candles on a Christmas tree!  Source: USFA…