Fire safety prevention tips

October 05, 2019 11:24 AM

October is "Fire Safety Month." Spreading the word on fire safety and prevention can ultimately prevent tragedy. Chief Don Mareno with the Schenectady Fire Department stopped by NewsChannel 13 to explain.

Here are some tips, courtesy of the Schenectady Fire Department:


The Fire Prevention Plan consists of 3 stages – Pre Plan, Prevention, Action.


*Emergency phone number - 911

*Keep your home free of clutter – stairs, hallways, doorways, exits

*Proper storage of propane and gasoline; never in living quarters

*Home fire drills – plan or special needs (handicap, small children)


*Fresh batteries


*Fire escape plan - Have the whole family participate in planning your escape and drill, Plan two escape routes, Decide on a meeting place, Keep floors, hallways and stairs clear of clutter, Practice your home fire drill

*Furnace maintenance – all furnace manufacturers recommend annual maintenance to be performed by a qualified technician

*Dryer maintenance – dryer vents should be inspected and cleaned out (depending on the size of your family) at least once a year; twice a year for larger families and high dryer usage. How to tell if a dryer vent is clogged: excess dry times, burning smell, hot dryer exterior, large amount of lint on outside of the lint filter

*Extension cords (only use for temporary power; not intended to take place of properly installed wiring)

*Electric space heaters must be used safely (use propane or kerosene heaters inside)

*Proper use of candles and incense

*Never smoke in bed

*Proper disposal of fireplace ashes

*Safe cooking practices


*Early detection is key (smoke and carbon monoxide detectors)

*Signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

*Home fire extinguisher on small fires and personal protection

*Lids to cover small cooking flare ups

*Never use flour on a fire (can use salt or baking soda)

*Never use water on a grease fire

*Get out and stay out

*Check on elderly


Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Program (J Fire)

*Working with juveniles

*Work closely with school system, social services and child protective services

*3 levels of fire setters:

                        Level 1 – Pre-K to 8 years old, usually curiosity is the motive

Level 2 – Ages 9-12, child may be lashing out due to some emotional trauma that may have surfaced

                        Level 3 – Ages 12-17, motives may be anything from thrills to criminal behavior


WNYT Staff

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