BLOOMFIELD, NJ- Last week TAPinto Bloomfield provided you with some fire prevention information and tips from Acting Fire Official Tom Wilson.  Because the entire month of October is Fire Prevention Month, we reached out to Fire Official Wilson for some additional information.  He provided us with 10 Tips for Fire Safety;

    1. Watch your cooking.  Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or boiling food.  If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove

    2. Smoke outside.  Ask smokers to smoke outside.  Have sturdy, deep ashtrays for them.  Make sure the butts are out.  Douse with water or sand is the best.

    3. Inspect for electrical hazards.  Replace cords that are cracked or worn out.  Have your electrical system inspected by a qualified professional.

    4. Have a home fire escape plan.  Make a plan with two ways out of every room.  Practice it twice a year.

    5. Give space heaters space.  Keep fixed and portable heaters at least 3 feet from anything that can burn.  Turn off heater when you leave the room.

    6. Keep matches and lighters out of reach.  Place them up high so kids can’t reach them.

    7. Install smoke detectors.  Place the on every level of your home and outside the sleeping areas.

    8. Use battery-operated candles.  Keep lit candles at least 1 foot from anything that can burn.  Place them in a glass container.  Blow them out when you leave the room.

    9. Test your smoke detectors.  Test smoke detectors at least once a month.  Replace any detector older than 10 years.

    10. Install sprinklers. If you are building or remodeling your home, consider installing a home sprinkler system.

"These are a few tips I hope everyone is following to ensure a good level of safety in your homes.  It was nice to see a lot of you this past weekend at the Harvestfest.  Quite a few of you stopped by our Fire Safety Trailer and learned what to do in a fire.  Don’t forget about our annual Public Safety Day on October 19th from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Be Safe Everyone.  Practice, and you will" said Wilson.