Fire safety tips

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - FROM THE COVER -

■ Test smoke alarms of­ten and re­place the bat­ter­ies ev­ery year. Keep a car­bon monox­ide de­tec­tor on ev­ery level of your home.

■ Don’t leave charg­ers or elec­tron­ics plugged in when not in use. In­vest in a high-qual­ity surge pro­tec­tor for items that need to stay plugged into an out­let.

■ Never throw wa­ter or pow­dered sub­stances like sugar, sand or bak­ing soda on a grease fire. Turn off the stove burner and smother the fire with a pot lid or cook­ing sheet.

■ Don’t leave elec­tron­ics like phones or lap­tops on top of beds or up­hol­stered fur­ni­ture.

■ Avoid ex­ces­sive ex­ten­sion cords. Hire a li­censed elec­tri­cian to in­stall a new out­let rather than us­ing ex­ten­sion cords for long pe­ri­ods of time.

■ Cir­cuit break­ers don’t trip ac­ci­den­tally. Call 311 the first time it hap­pens and the fire depart­ment will find the prob­lem.

■ Don’t hes­i­tate to call the fire depart­ment if you no­tice a burn­ing smell or light haze in­side your home, even if there are no vis­i­ble flames.

■ Keep flammable items and chem­i­cals away from wa­ter heaters and heat­ing sources. Don’t store paint cans or chem­i­cals in di­rect sun­light.

■ Cut an inch off the trunk of Christ­mas trees be­fore plac­ing them in wa­ter, and make sure the tree is wa­tered at least twice a day.

■ Have dryer duct­work and vents cleaned out at least once per year. Avoid us­ing anti-static dryer sheets, which can leave a flammable film on the in­side of duct­work.

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