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  • Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking
  • Maintain constant watch when preparing food
  • Use a low flame to guard against overheated grease and overflows
  • Always turn pot handles toward the center of the stove
  • Keep your stove and oven clean
  • Be careful when touching foods or liquids heated in the microwave
  • Place towels, napkins and potholders away from the stove
  • Set your hot water heater to 120 F to prevent scalds
  • Purchase UL-approved or safety-tested appliances
  • Plug only one appliance into an outlet or extension cord
  • Unplug appliances after use
  • When unplugging an appliance, grasp the plug firmly
    and pull straight out
  • Allow appliances to thoroughly cool before storing
  • Give large appliances their own heavy-duty electrical circuit
  • Use only safety-tested extension cords or multiple adapters
    with built in circuit breakers
  • Provide appliances with adequate air circulation
  • Keep appliances away from water, and have them professionally
    serviced if they get wet
  • Replace broken plugs or frayed and worn cords immediately
  • Call a licensed electrician if you experience frequently blown
    fuses, tripped circuit breakers, flickering lights, or a shrinking
    television picture. All are signs of faulty or inadequate wiring
  • Supervise children when using appliances
Heating Systems
  • Provide all home heating devices with at least 3 feet of clear space,
    away from beds, drapes, furniture and other combustible materials
  • To ensure proper ventilation when heating your home, keep a door
    or window slightly open
  • Check local building codes for regulations regarding uses of
    home heating system
Gas Heaters
  • Inspect gas heaters monthly during the year and weekly
    during the winter months
  • Examine gas lines for punctures or splits
  • Check the connectors and valves for leaks
Electrical Heaters
  • Place electrical heaters far away from water sources
  • Check wires and fuses for damage and have repaired immediately
  • Make sure your home's wiring is sufficient to handle
    the heater's needs
Kerosene Heaters
  • Use only water-clear grade K - 1 kerosene
  • Always refuel outside the home and only after heater has cooled
  • Store kerosene in approved and properly labeled containers away
    from heat and direct sunlight
Woodstoves and Fireplaces
  • Have chimneys and fireplaces cleaned regularly
  • Top your chimney with a spark guard
  • Keep the damper open when in use
  • Use a glass screen large enough to cover the opening
  • Burn dry, well-seasoned hardwood because it's the
    most efficient fuel
  • Dispose of cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container
  • Use large, heavy ashtrays that won't tip over
  • Extinguish cigars, cigarettes and tobacco completely
  • Empty used ashtrays only after the contents have cooled
  • Check wastebaskets and furniture for smoldering cigarettes
  • Keep smoking materials away from the bedroom area
  • Store matches and lighters out of the reach of children
  • Refrain form smoking when sleepy or under the influence
    of alcohol or medication
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