Fire Prevention Public Service Announcement
Spring has arrived and your thoughts may be turning to that dreaded ritual of spring cleaning. In an effort to make this “Spring Cleanup” a fire-safe one, the Molokai Fire Prevention office provides the following safety tips:
— Clean your garage/carport of stored newspapers or other rubbish that can fuel a fire. Newspapers stored in a damp, warm place may ignite spontaneously.
— Test your smoke alarms monthly.
— To help prevent nuisance alarms, gently vacuum your smoke alarm every six months or as needed.
— Change batteries in smoke alarms, flashlights and carbon monoxide detectors.
— Never borrow smoke alarm batteries to use for toys or other equipment.
— Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years or as recommended by the manufacturer
— Check your electrical box; make sure it has proper clearance and breakers are labeled.
— Keep outdoor debris or dead vegetation away from the house.
— Properly dispose of oily or greasy rags. If these items must be stored, they should be kept in labeled, sealed, metal containers.
— If you store gasoline, keep it outside your home in a shed or detached garage. Keep only small quantities in tightly sealed containers. Use gasoline only as a motor fuel – never as a cleaning agent.
— Always store paint and other flammable liquids in their original, labeled containers with tight-fitting lids. Always store them at least 18 inches from appliances, heaters, pilot lights and other sources of heat or flame.
— Use outdoor barbecue grills with caution. Place in a safe area away from building, windows, heating, ventilation and air conditioning units or places with high/dead vegetation.
— Never use gasoline to start the fire, and don’t add charcoal lighter fluid once the fire has started.
— Use barbecue grills outside only – not under overhangs or balconies, and away from combustibles.
— Check your propane barbecue grill hose for leaks and cracks; never store propane indoors.
If you have any questions or would like clarification on any fire safety tips please call the Fire Prevention Bureau Molokai Office at 553-8491. Stay Fire Safe!
Fire Inspector Rick Schonely