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 November 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

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The holiday season is here! 
     With all the holidays and family gatherings, we will be cooking more. And although  these can be great times, we must still be safe.

  • Be Alert! Always pay attention when using the stove-top, oven or microwave.
  • Stay in the kitchen. If you need to step away, even if for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Never hold a child while you are cooking.
  • Use a timer to remind you of times to check or turn off items.
  • Always use oven mitts or pot holders to keep your hands safe.
  • Make sure containers or dishes are safe if used in the microwave; never use metal or foil.
  • Place hot foods and liquids in the center of the table.


Be safe with decorations:
Choose decorations that are flame resistant or retardant.
Use clips, not nails, to hang lights.
Make sure outdoor lights are approved for outdoor use and have a UL label.
Keep candles 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
Blow out all candles before leaving a room or going to bed.

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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

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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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