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Be a careful cook.

  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Wear clothing with tight fitting sleeves, or roll up your sleeves.
  • If food or grease catches fire, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan (use an oven mitt) and turn off the burner.
  • Never put foil or other metals in a microwave oven.

Electrical appliances wear and tear, especially if they're old.

  • If an appliance smokes or gives off an unusual smell, unplug it immediately and have it repaired.
  • Replace any electrical cord that is cracked or frayed.
  • Don't overload extension cords, don't run them under carpets and don't keep them in traffic areas.

If you smoke be sure to dispose of cigarette butts in a safe manner.

  • Keep large, deep, non-tip ashtrays around for smokers.
  • Soak the contents of ashtrays with water before dumping them into wastebaskets.
  • Check around furniture cushions for smoldering butts, before going to bed.
  • Avoid smoking in bed, especially if you are taking medication that may cause you to feel drowsy.


Space heaters are a great source of warmth in our homes.  However they are also a potential fire hazard.  To prevent heater hazards:

  • Keep space heaters and portable heaters at least three feet (one metre) away from anything that may catch fire.
  • Follow manufacturers instructions for installing and operating.

Install Smoke Detectors.  Working smoke detectors can save your life in the event of a fire.

  • Install smoke detectors outside your sleeping area and inside if you sleep with the door closed.
  • Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, including the basement.
  • Test smoke detecters monthly, according to manufacturers instructions.
  • Replace batteries every six months or when the detector is "chirping" to indicate a low battery.

Contact Information

David VanBuskirk

Fire Marshal

Phone 580-767-0368

Fax 580-767-1335


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