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Fire Prevention and Life Safety


Thanksgiving is approaching fast! 

Thursday, November 27

This is one of the busiest times for kitchens in many households.

Did you know that cooking fires are the leading cause of house fires in the United States?


As we celebrate and gather with our families, we need to review a few safety tips.

Please see the attached safety flyers from NFPA on Cooking Safety and Thanksgiving.


Celebrate Safely
Many people enjoy fried turkeys during over the holidays. Although the fire service and NFPA discourage the use of turkey fryers, we ask that you follow some basic safety tips:

-Always follow the manufacturer recommendations.
-Only use outdoors (NOT inside homes or on porches).
-Keep a portable extinguisher nearby.

Better yet, consider an oil-less designed fryer!!!

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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