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 February 27, 2015  
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Effingham County Fire Rescue

Fire Prevention and Life Safety

Fire Safety Educator: Hannah Jenkins

Fire Safety Educator: Jim Newton

Heating Safety  Now that colder temperatures are here, we need to take a few minutes to review heating safety.

Please feel free to share these safety tips and attached posters with family, friends, and co-workers.

·         Never use an oven to heat your home.

·         Keep a 3-foot clearance around heating equipment.

·         Turn off portable heaters when you leave the room and before going to bed.

·         Make sure fireplaces have screens to prevent sparks from flying out.

·         Have heating equipment and chimneys inspected and cleaned every year.

·         Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms, replace them every 5 years.

·         For Energy Assistance, contact the referral line at 866-674-6327.

Outdoor Burning
If you choose to burn your leaves and yard debris, please follow these rules:
1. You must have a burn permit each and every time you want to burn.
2. Burn permits expire at sundown and there is NO burning on Sundays.
3. You can only burn natural, yard debris from your property.
    *No household garbage, furniture, tires, plastics, glass, metals or
      construction materials.

Keep updated through
Georgia Forestry.
Local Office @ 754-6932

Avoid Brush Fires
Make sure you have a garden hose ready, in case you need to put the fire out.
Never leave a fire burning unattended.
Keep your fire to a reasonable and manageable size.
Build your fire in a designated area, clear of hazards and debris.
More Information on Wildfire Safety

Kids/Parents/Teachers Minimize

Links for fun interactives that teach fire safety!

Sparky the Fire Dog is the mascot of NFPA and likes to share fire safety tips and games with kids.   

 Scholastic is well know as a great resource for teachers and students.  The Scholastic fire safety pages are full of great games for all. has great safety information for the whole family.

The Fire Avenger site is designed by the State of Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner.

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