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As temperatures get warmer and warmer in the summertime,.., itís important to remember that a fire can also heat up and rage out of control in as little as 30 seconds. CFD is reminding everyone of the importance of developing a family fire escape plan.

To help prevent fires from starting in the first place,...
we're offering these summer fire prevention tips:


Replace your AC air filters regularly and never use an extension cord for a window AC unit.

Keep stoves clean. Grease build-up can trigger a fire when contact with heat or a flame is made.
Inspect your attic or basement for damaged wires. Rodents and insects can chew on and damage wiring, which can lead to an electrical fire.
Take power surges and blown fuses in your home seriously. Flickering lights or occasional power surges could indicate a short somewhere in your home. Have it checked by a licensed electrician.


Position grills at least 10 feet away from your home, and never place under low hanging tree branches or plants. When disposing of hot coals, drench them with water to make sure the fire is out.
Obey burn bans. Never burn leaves or brush outdoors if there is a burn ban. Burning trash is prohibited. Always obtain a burn permit before starting any fire (call: 865-457-2131). If you are issued a permit, have a water source readily available while burning.

Store flammable liquids such as gasoline, poisons, and other flammables safely outdoors. If possible, store them in a fireproof cabinet and/or building not connected to your home.
Use caution when parking vehicles on dry grass or brush as a hot exhaust could start a fire.


Have cigarette smokers take it outside. Provide sand-filled containers to place cigarette butts, and make sure butts are completely extinguished.

Develop a family fire escape plan and practice it once a month so everyone in the household knows what to do in case of fire.

Install smoke detectors in your home and test them monthly. CFD recommends replacing batteries every spring and fall when daylight savings time moves forward and back.

CFD recommends putting your familyís safety first this summer by taking preventive measures and planning a safe escape if danger strikes. Every second counts when you are trying to escape from a house fire.