Fire Prevention & Home Safety

Space Heaters

 

These devices can be dangerous! See the image and 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...

 

Try to keep hydrants near your home clear of snow and ice. This saves valuable time in the event of a fire.

We appreciate the help!

Frozen Pipes

 

When weather is below freezing, frozen pipes can cause serious problems. 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 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.

Power Strips

 

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

 

Last year a Fanwood home suffered extensive damage due to a fire whose cause was suspected to be an overloaded power strip.

 

The above right photo shows another power strip that was obviously overloaded and minutes or even seconds from causing a tragedy.

 

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!!!

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.

Candles

 

People may be surprised to learn that candles are a large cause of home fires. Never let them burn unattended. Candles can easily ignite combustible items that are too close to them.

 

The American Red Cross has statistics about candle fires and safety advice here.

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.