Fire Prevention & Home Safety

Furnaces

 

Unfortunately, furnace emergencies are a common occurrence. Try to have your furnace inspected by a professional prior to the start of every heating season. The links below provide more information.

 

Natural Gas Furnace Safety Tips

 

US Fire Administration - Winter Safety Tips
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Space Heaters

 

These devices can be dangerous! See the links below for important information.

 

NJ Division of Fire Safety - Space Heaters
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NJ Consumer Affairs - Space Heaters
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Hydrants - Help us help you!

 

Keeping hydrants clear saves valuable time in the event of a fire.

Frozen Pipes

 

When weather is below freezing, frozen pipes can cause serious problems in a home. Click the image below for helpful advice.

Smoke Alarm & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

 

Faulty alarms are mainly due to missing, disconnected, or dead batteries. Replace smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries annually, and test your alarms monthly.

A good time to replace batteries is when turning your clocks ahead for daylight saving time.

Generators

 

Never use generators indoors or in a garage, you can be overcome by carbon monoxide.

Place them outside in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the home.

Click here for advice from the Consumer Energy Center.

Sump Pumps

 

Sump pumps remove accumulated water from a sump pit.  They are usually installed in basements where a majority of flooding can occur.  They are also used to decrease dampness by lowering the water table under a foundation, sending water away from a house to any place where it is no longer problematic.

 

Sump pumps should be examined each year, but pumps running frequently due to a higher water table, poor water drainage, or harsher weather conditions should be examined more frequently.  Sump pumps, being highly mechanical, will fail eventually, which could lead to a flooded basement requiring costly repairs.

 

When cleaning a sump pump, dirt, gravel, sand, and other debris should be removed to increase efficiency and extend the life of the pump.  These obstructions can also decrease the pump's ability to drain the sump and allow the sump to overflow.  The check valve can also jam from the debris.


Power Strips

 

ROUTINELY INSPECT POWER STRIPS AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE NOT OVERLOADED!!!

 

Fanwood firefighters recently responded to a report of smoke filling a residence.  The culprit was a power strip (see photo) that overheated and began to melt.  Luckily, there was no damage to the home and no one was injured.

 

Every year, thousands of fires result from surge protectors, power strips and electrical cords.  Use only surge protectors or power strips that have an internal circuit breaker.  These units should trip the breaker if the power strip is overloaded or shorted to prevent overheating.  If at any time a surge protector or power strip is hot to the touch, remove and replace the unit.

 

Surge protectors, power strips or extension cords are NOT a substitute for permanent wiring!!!  Also, do not plug theses devices into an existing surge protector, power strip or extension cord!!!