Tips for fire safety

March 13, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Here are some tips from the desk of Bob Burner:

Emergency contacts

In an emergency, valuable time can be lost while rescue crews try to determine who to contact regarding injured people.

That's where ICE, which stands for in case of emergency, comes in handy.

ICE involves programming the name of a contact person into an individual's cell phone contact list.

That way, if the individual is ever seriously injured or ill, emergency crews can easily reach an emergency contact person by finding the acronym ICE and the corresponding emergency contact name on a cell phone contact list.

The tips include making sure one's ICE partner has a list of people they should contact for that person, including that person's place of work.


ICE partners also are encouraged to learn about any medical conditions that could affect a person's emergency treatment, such as allergies or current medication.

For people younger than 18, make sure ICE partners are a parent or guardian who are authorized to make a decision on that person's behalf, such as circumstances surrounding a life or death operation.

Cooking safety

Cooking equipment is associated with more than 100,000 fires annually, 5,000 injuries and almost 400 deaths.

To avoid the hazard, consider the following:

  • Never place or store potholders, plastic utensils or towels and other non-cooking equipment on or near a stove.

  • Roll up or fasten long, loose sleeves with pins or elastic bands while cooking. Long, loose sleeves are more likely to catch fire or get caught on pot handles, overturning cookware.

  • Keep pot handles turned in a way so that children cannot easily reach them.

  • Do not place candy or cookies above a stove. This will reduce the attraction kids may have for climbing around cooking equipment.

  • Never leave a stove unattended.
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