Seasonal Safety

Each season of the year brings with it changes in the weather and in our day-to-day activities. Warmer weather during the spring and summer months coaxes many people outside to participate in activities like grilling swimming, boating and gardening. The cooler temperatures of fall and winter, on the other hand, encourage many people spend more time in indoors, with increaseing the use of electrical and heating systems. the hollidays are a time when hectic activity distracts many people’s attention from fire safety. Holiday decorations, Trees, lights, candles, cooking, and wood stoves all produce extra fire hazards in our homes.

The type of fire hazards you may be likely to encounter changes with the seasons.  Stay focused on safety throughout the year by reviewing the common safety tips and information provided for each  season.


The Essentials of Fire Safety  
Fire safety tips for all seasons

PREVENTION

• Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected   annually by a qualified professional.
• Routinely perform a simple visual home safety inspection and repair any problems.
• Be careful when using candles or any open fire.
• Follow manufacturer’s instructions and any code requirements for equipment and use the equipment properly.
• Check electrical cords for cracks, breaks, damage, or overheating. Repair or replace when needed

DETECTION

• Install photoelectric smoke alarms that are electrically wired, with a battery back-up, in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
• Install carbon monoxide alarms close to where you sleep.
• Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home.
• Maintain alarms by regular testing, cleaning and replace the batteries twice a year.

ESCAPE

• Identify at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
• Make a home escape plan. Draw a floor plan of each level of the home. Discuss and practice it with all members of your household.
• Have a plan for anyone who may need assistance in your home, such as young children, older adults and people with disabilities.

SUPPRESSION

• For small fires keep a fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it.
• If you are building or remodeling your home, install a home fire sprinkler system.
• If you live in a rural area, locate the closest reliable water supplies like a dry hydrant, pond or river. Provide clear year-round access to water supplies that might be required for firefighting.

The Essentials of Fire Safety Handout (pdf)


Information and safety tips for the different seasons

Spring Safety

Fire Safety Highlights
 

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Summer Safety

Fire Safety Highlights
 

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Fall Safety

Fire Safety Highlights
 

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Winter Safety

Fire Safety Highlights
 

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Holliday Safety

Fire Safety Highlights
 

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Public Education Contact

Micheal D. Greenia
Assistant State Fire Marshal 
Public Education & Information Section Chief
Phone: 802-479-7587
Fax: 802-479-7562 
Email:  micheal.greenia@vermont.gov