Safety & Fire Prevention

Downed Power Lines


If a power line falls on your car, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE unless there is an absolute need to do so. Call 911 and alert anyone trying to help you to stay back.


Here is a good YouTube video that shows steps you can take.


PSE&G has a link with advice about downed power lines here. 

Furnace Emergencies


Now that cooler weather is here, furnace emergencies are a common occurrence.


Try to have your furnace inspected by a professional at least once a year.


If your Carbon Monoxide or Smoke Detectors go off, or if you ever notice any burning or gas smell, call 911 immediately.

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.



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.

Power Strips




The photo shows a power strip that was overloaded and moments away from causing a tragedy.


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.

If at 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 these devices into an existing surge protector, power strip or extension cord!



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.


Sump pumps should be examined at least once a year. They are highly mechanical and 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.