From the Fire Department: Safety Tips
As winter continues in Northeast Ohio, The Lyndhurst Fire Department and the United States Fire Administration would like to provide the following fire safety tips to help ensure your safety:
Please feel free to call the Lyndhurst Fire Department at 440-473-5139 for further information or additional safety tips.
- Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and outside the bedrooms. Test your smoke detectors monthly. If they are battery operated, replace the batteries at least once a year or when they "chirp". This chirping sound means the battery is low. The City of Lyndhurst recommends the use of photo-electric type of smoke detectors within the city and requires their use in all new and remodeled homes.
- Make a home escape plan for the whole family before a fire ever starts. Practice your home escape plan with the whole family twice a year. If you know what to do ahead of time, you have a better chance of escaping from a fire.
- Only use a space heater when it is monitored at all times. Do not leave a space heater unattended. Be sure to allow at least three feet of clear space all the way around the heater. Make sure the space heater has an emergency shut-off in case it tips over.
- Do not overload any electrical outlet or power strip. Be sure to make sure all cords or not frayed or stripped.
- Make sure the chimney is professionally inspected annually and cleaned if necessary.
- Use a glass or metal screen in front of a fireplace to prevent sparks igniting carpets or furniture nearby.
- Dispose of hot ashes in metal containers placed away from the house or building.
- If trying to thaw a frozen pipe, do not use a blow torch or other open flame. Use hot water or a UL- listed device such as a hand-held dryer.
- Be sure to keep the fire hydrant near a home or business clear of snow for easy access by firefighters.