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Middletown Fire Department Shares Prevention Tips

Middletown's Fire Prevention Officer Lt. Rob McCall provides tips that residents should follow to prevent the risk of a house fire.

Middletown's Fire Prevention Officer Lt. Rob McCall says that the most effective means of fighting a fire is prevention.  

“We would much rather come to your house to prevent a fire than to put one out,” he said.

McCall said the most common causes of fires they see in Middletown are related to cooking and smoking; most are preventable.

The suggests incorporating the following practices into everyday activities in order to reduce the risk of a fire: 

Cooking

  • Check the stove before you leave the kitchen. Lt. McCall said that fires have been started when the stove was accidentally turned on.  
  • Always keep a one-foot radius clear around the stove.
  • Do not fall asleep when food is cooking on the stove.

Smoking

  • Do not smoke in the house.
  • Properly dispose of cigarettes. Lt. McCall said a recent fire was started by a cigarette that was thrown into a plastic bucket.


Candles

  • Never leave candles unattended.
  • Be careful of open windows. A breeze can throw a flame, which can quickly start a fire.
  • Ensure the candle is on a solid base.
  • Do not let the candle burn all the way down.


Smoke Detectors

  • Smoke detectors should be tested monthly.
  • In order to ensure the batteries are fresh, they should be replaced twice a year. Lt. McCall suggests to replace the batteries when you set the clocks back for daylight savings time.
  • Smoke detectors need to be replaced every 10 years.
  • The Middletown Fire Department provides smoke detectors for low income and elderly residents. If needed, the department will install the device.

Middletown residents who would like a fire prevention walk-through at their residence may schedule one by calling the non-emergency number 401.846.1031.

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