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May 11, 2017

Turning Off Fire Sources Keeps You Safe

Ted Smith

Of course, the best defense against fire is not allowing one to start in the first place. And that is why Fire Chief Ted Smith took the opportunity in his interview with us to stress again the importance of minimizing avenues and sources of fire, especially for curious children. Not a few fires start because children are left unsupervised or because a potential source is left unattended even for a few moments. Smith shared with us that if it can lead to fire, turn it off.


Ted Smith, Fire Chief, National Fire Service

“What we would want to remind the general public is to take all necessary measures to reduce the risks of fire. Ensure that if you are going out that electrical appliances that are not designed [for being] left on for extended periods of time is turned off and unplugged; fans should always unplugged if no one will be at home for extended [periods] of time; your iron [should be] turned off. Ensure that your stove is turned off; ensure that if you have candles [lit], they are turned off, they are out before you [leave]; and do not leave lighters or matches in the reach of children – children have a natural built-in curiosity and they want to copy everything they see an adult do; so keep children out of the kitchen, as well.”

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