Proper Use of Space Heaters
Portable radiant space heaters are a good source of supplemental heating in your home, providing you adhere to the following important steps:
- Purchase a space heater with a UL (Underwriters Laboratory) or FM (Factory Mutual) label attached to the unit
- Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions – this may seem insignificant, but each unit can have very minor, but very significant differences in its proper use.
- The unit should also have an automatic shut off, in the event of it being knocked over. Can you tell the difference here, which one has the automatic safety feature ?
- Place the space heater at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn, such as:
- When placed too close to these combustible materials, they will catch fire. Placing the heater within the manufacturer's recommended fire-safe distance, you will reduce the possibility of a fire.
Using the appropriate unit for your space, as well as using it properly, will not only give you a warm place to be, but also the peace of mind of being safe.
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Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks!
~ Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
~ A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
~ Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
~ Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
~ Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
~ Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
~ Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
~ Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
~ Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
~ Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
Observe basic safety precautions when cooking food outdoors!
Inspect LPG (propane) cylinders for rust or other damage. If you are unsure of the safety of the container, take it to a local gas company for advice.
Do not store LPG cylinders in the house or garage and do not transport them in a passenger compartment or trunk of a car.
The below information is for Multi-Residential units only.........
FL Fire Prevention Code, 2012 (NFPA 1-10.11.6.1) states "For other than one- and two-family dwellings, NO hibachi, grill, charcoal grill, or other similar devices used for cooking, heating, or any other purpose, shall be used or kindled on any balcony, under any overhanging portion or within 10 ft (3 m) of any structure."
Be aware of the dangers of heat. In the summer months, temperatures in the 90’s are common in the shade!
~ Never leave children or pets in a vehicle. Even with the windows cracked, temperatures can rise to well over 100 degrees quickly and can be life threatening.
~ Regularly check on the elderly, especially if they are without air-conditioning.
~ Drink plenty of liquids, preferably water, all day long. Waiting until you are “thirsty” can be too late.
~ Cover exposed skin or use sun screen to prevent painful and sometimes serious sunburn. Skin will burn even on cloudy days.
Learn and practice safe habits in relation to water activities.
~ Always watch small children around any body of water.
~ Teach your children to swim for their own protection.
~ Do not combine alcohol intake with boating or swimming.
~ Be careful when at the beach. Waves and rip currents can take you off your feet quickly. Knowing how to react can save your life........
- Keep your feet on the bottom as much as possible when swimming in surf conditions. ...
- Remain calm if a rip current begins to pull you away from shore. ...
- Regain your footing if possible. ...
- Call for help immediately if you can't swim well. ...
- Swim parallel to shore to get out of the current.
Observe basic safety precautions in doing routine lawn maintenance!
~ Never fill a hot lawn mower with gasoline.
~ Store gasoline only in approved, labeled containers with lids intact.
~ Refill cans at the gas station on the ground. Do not fill in the bed of a truck, where static electricity can ignite the vapors
~ Remove underbrush and combustible debris from around your house to form a clear area of at least 50 feet on all sides
**It is illegal to burn yard debris within the St. Augustine city limits**
Holiday Home Fires
Facts about home holiday fires
- One of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
- Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 31 reported home Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home fires.
- A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four of Christmas tree fires.
- December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.
- One-third of all candle fires start in the bedroom.