City of Tahlequah, OK 111 S Cherokee
Tahlequah, OK 74464
Phone: (918) 456-0651
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You Can Prevent Fire

Have the whole family study these questions and check for fire hazards. Every No answer points to a fire hazard or a potential fire problem.

Matches & Careless Smoking Hazards

  • Do you keep matches away from sources of heat such as kitchen ranges or heaters?
  • Do you make sure matches and smoking materials are out before disposing of them?
  • Do you have plenty of large noncombustible ashtrays in every room?
  • Is "No Smoking in Bed" a rule in your home?
  • Are all members of your family careful never to smoke when working around flammable liquids?

Housekeeping Hazards

  • Do you keep your basement, closets, and attic cleared of old rags, papers, mattresses, broken furniture and other combustible odds and ends?
  • After using oily polishing rags or waste, do you destroy them or place them in metal cans?
  • If you store paint, varnish, etc. do you keep the containers tightly closed?
  • Has everyone in your family been warned never to use gasoline, benzene or other flammable fluids for cleaning clothes, furnishings, appliances, floors, or anything else indoors?

Electrical Hazards

  • Do you allow only qualified electricians to install or extend your wiring?
  • Are there enough electrical outlets in every room to avoid the need for multiple attachment plugs and long extension cords?
  • Are all extension and appliance cords checked frequently to make sure they are not worn or frayed, and are loose prongs or plugs checked and replaced?
  • Do you buy only appliances and electrical equipment that are labeled by Underwriters Laboratories?
  • Are all electrical cords in the open - not run under rugs, through doorways or partitions, or over hooks, radiators, heaters, pipes, or ducts?

Yard & Garage Hazards

  • Do you keep your yard cleared of leaves, debris and combustible rubbish?
  • Have weeds, dry leaves and rubbish been cleared off any surrounding property?
  • Is gasoline stored in a strong, metal safety-type can with self closing lids on the openings, and labeled by a nationally recognized lab such as Underwriter labs or Factory Mutual?
  • Is gas stored in a well ventilated area away from ignition sources-preferably in a garage or tool shed?
  • If your garage is attached to the house, is is separated by a tight-fitting door which is kept closed?

Special for Parents

  • Do you keep matches & lighters out of reach of children & teach the older kids how to use them safely?
  • Do you leave a responsible person with your children when you go out, even for a little while?
  • When you employ baby-sitters, do you instruct them carefully on what to do in case of fire?
  • Important: A child learns by example as well as by instruction. In regard to fire safety, do you always set a good example?
  • Are all children (0 - 14) provided with flame-retardant sleepwear?
  • Have you taught your children the recommended procedure to use for extinguishing clothes on fire

Other Considerations

  • If you use candles or oil burning lamps, do you make sure that they and their holders are in good condition before each use & they are located away from combustible materials?
  • Does your family refrain from using highly flammable aerosols around open flames or while smoking?
  • If any members of your family are disabled or handicapped, have special measures been taken to assure they are warned of fire & assisted in their escape?
  • Do you have a well equipped first-aid kit which is easily accessible?
  • Are you satisfied that your home is safe from fire for you and your family?

Heating & Cooking Hazards

  • Before the heating season begins, do you have your heating system inspected and serviced?
  • Are all flue pipes, vent connectors, gas vents and chimneys inspected each fall; cleaned and repaired?
  • Is your wood stove properly installed and protected against igniting nearby combustibles including the floor, walls and ceiling?
  • Is every fireplace equipped with sturdy metal fire screens?
  • Is your portable heater kept away from stairways or doorways where someone might accidentally trip or fall on it or knock it over?
  • Do you always turn off portable or gas heaters when you go to bed?
  • Since gas and oil heaters use up oxygen as they burn, do you always keep a window slightly open in any room where such a heater is being used?
  • Do you see that every portable heater is placed well away from curtains, bedding, furniture, and other combustible materials?
  • Has everyone in your family been warned never to use gasoline, kerosene or other flammable liquids to start a fire in the kitchen, range, fireplace, furnace or charcoal grill?
  • Are charcoal grills always used outside to prevent toxic gases and vapors produced by the charcoal from building up to dangerous levels?
  • Does your family know that when grease, fat, lard, or cooking oil over-heats, it will smoke just before catching fire, and the heat should be turned down?
  • If a grease, fat, lard, or cooking oil fire starts on your stove, does your family know not to use water to put it out, but to either smother the fire by covering the pot with a lid or to use a dry chemical type extinguisher?
  • Does your family know that a fire in the oven of your stove can be extinguished by closing the oven door and turning off the heat, or by using a dry chemical type extinguisher?
  • Is your kitchen range, including the oven and broiler kept clean of grease?
  • Are curtains near kitchen ranges and heating equipment arranged so as not to blow over them?
  • Has everyone been told the hazard of wearing loose fitting shirts, blouses, pajamas, robes, etc. near a kitchen range where they could be ignited by the burners?
  • Are your over-counter wooden cabinets at least 2 1/2 feet from the stove top or 2 feet from a metal vent hood?
  • Does your family's everyday cooking habits include not leaving food unattended and keeping pot handles turned in form the stove's edge?
  • Are cookies, cereal, or other "bait" stored away from the stove to prevent children from getting burned trying to reach such items overhead?
  • Do you have at least one fire extinguisher that is listed or approved by a nationally recognized fire testing lab for use on all types of fires?
  • Have all fire extinguishers been checked and/or recharged according to instructions on the name plate?
  • Do you know how to operate the extinguisher (s) and are the fire extinguishers in a convenient location for quick and easy use?