As we all deal with COVID-19 , we are spending more time at home with our families.  We should stay focused on all the precautions out there to prevent the spread of the virus, but also take time to review common fire safety procedures with your family.  Don't be "April fooled" into thinking fire can't happen to you.

Below are some spring fire safety tips you can do while "self quarantined”:

-- Now is a great time to go over and update your home fire escape plan.  As your children do in school, practice your home safety fire drill. Does your plan need any updating due to changes in at home? The Belmar Office of Fire Prevention is here to answer any questions or give any recommendations. 

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-- Remember to clean the lint from your dryer after each use, and now is a good time to have it professionally cleaned if preferred. 

-- Test all smoke and CO detectors, and replace them if they are 10 years old or older.  Also check fire extinguishers to see that they are properly charged, and review how to use them.

-- If you have a portable generator, now is a good time to test it and teach everyone old enough how to use it and safely, including fueling it outside. Keep gas stored in proper containers outside the house.

-- Get rid of excess debris and keep hallways and stairs clear. Don't store combustibles near furnaces, water heaters, or stoves. Keep barbecue grills safely away from the house and not on balconies. Check the propane grill hose connection for leaks using soapy water.

-- Be careful using candles. Remember, if you go out, blow it out, and never leave lit candles unattended.

-- It’s also a good time to go over your home survival kits.  Check for adequate supplies like water, medications, food, etc.  

As we all struggle to get past this COVID-19 pandemic, let’s make sure we don't make it worse for our emergency responders. They are out there every day answering your calls for help.  

The Belmar Fire Marshal’s Office, Police Department, Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management are all doing their part to ensure your safety during these tough times.  

We will get through this together. Follow recommendations by all public officials. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 732-681-3700, ext. 239. 


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