Fire Prevention Week – check your smoke alarms

Smoke detectors are the first line of defense in a home fire, but that is only if they are working properly! This week is Fire Prevention Week and kicks off an All Hands Fall Safety series to ensure that you are ready for anything that fall may bring your way. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” and encourages you to test and inspect your home smoke detectors before you may need them.

Kitchen pan fire. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Stand by Your Pan: Cook safely to prevent kitchen fires

Thanksgiving Day cooking fires are triple the number of cooking fires on an average day. Check out these tips from the U.S. Consumer Prduct Safety Commission to prevent a kitchen fire.

A fireworks show is displayed during OpSail 2012 in Fort Trumbull in New London, Conn., Saturday, July 7, 2012, while the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is moored to a pier. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings.

Celebrate Independence Day safely

Independence Day is a highlight of the summer and for many people there’s a lot of excitement around setting off colorful fireworks and grilling outdoors. As you plan your Fourth of July celebration with family and friends, please consider the following safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration to ensure your holiday weekend is a safe one.