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Safety Tips

Accidents happen, but many times accidents can be avoided with safety precautions. At the Westminster Fire Department, it is our goal to promote safety education to help our citizens avoid many of these preventable accidents.

Fire and Life Safety Tips

Cooking Safety Facts and Tips

Cooking and cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries. 

  • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials
  • Unattended equipment was a factor in one-third of reported home cooking fires
  • Frying foods is the primary cooking fire ignition problem
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires

 

Smoking Safety Facts and Tips

Smoking is the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths in the United States. The risk of dying in a home structure fire caused by smoking increases with age and most smoking-related deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms, or bedrooms.

The NFPA also warns of the risk of using electronic cigarettes. Fires have occurred while e-cigarettes were being used, the battery was being charged, or the device was being transported. The leading cause for these reported fires have been due to battery failures that have led to small explosions. Never leave charging e-cigarettes unattended. 

To reduce the risk of smoking-related structure fire, these tips are suggested by the Westminster Fire Department and the NFPA:

  • Use a deep, sturdy ashtray and place it away from flammable substances in your home
  • Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants, peat moss, or items that can ignite easily
  • Before you throw away butts or ashes, be sure they are fully extinguished by dousing in water or sand