The Central Coventry Fire District is dedicated to the safety of everyone in our community.
Carefully inspect the areas of your home that are most prone to fire: the kitchen, electric appliances and wiring, and the heating system. Look for other hot spots throughout the home - such as flammable items near heat sources, frayed or worn cords or poor ventilation sources.
- Install and maintain smoke alarms throughout your home.
- Keep ABC type fire extinguishers in your kitchen and garage.
- Do not run your clothes dryer when you are not home.
- Do not leave cooking unattended.
- Do not overload electrical outlets.
Smoke Detectors & Alarms
Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.
A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the #1 priority for residents is to get out safely.
Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape. Every household should have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.
Fire extinguishers are helpful for immediate use on small fires. Consider providing a checklist to help people prepare for using a fire extinguisher on a potential fire.
When operating a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
- Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
- Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
- Sweep the nozzle from side-to- side.
Fire sprinklers increase your chances of surviving a fire by more than 82% and decrease fire damage by up to 97%.