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Mayor Segarra Encourages Residents To Take All Fire Safety Precautions

(January 30, 2014) After a fire on Bedford Street claimed two victims this week, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, along with the Hartford Fire Chief and the Court of Common Council want to encourage residents to take all safety precautions possible.

"As a community we need to ensure that our homes are safe," said Mayor Segarra. "When tragedies like this occur every one of us is impacted. We want to make sure that we take steps to keep our families and neighbors protected."

Since October of last year, the Hartford Fire Department has installed over 900 free smoke alarms in homes across the City. Efforts will continue and residents are urged to exercise the following fire and building safety precautions:

  • Have an emergency escape plan and make sure all family members are aware of it.
  • Install a smoke alarm near bedrooms and on each floor of your home. Test it monthly. 9-volt batteries should be changed twice a year.
  • Install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm near bedrooms and on each floor of your home. Test it monthly.
  • Electric space heaters should be kept 3 – 5 feet away from anything that can catch fire such as curtains, clothes, furniture, etc. Keep children and pets away and never leave children in a room alone when a space heater is in use. Do not use extension cords unless they are allowed by the manufacturer and are the proper wire size.
  • Do not use any fuel burning heaters indoors such as propane or kerosene. Kerosene heaters are NOT permitted in the City of Hartford.
  • Know the symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, fatigue, dizziness, and shortness of breath. Get fresh air right away if you experience these symptoms.
  • Have your fireplace chimney and flue inspected each year and cleaned if needed. Burn only untreated wood; never burn paper or pine branches as pieces can float out the chimney and ignite your roof, a neighbor's roof, or nearby trees.
  • Never use your range or oven to heat your home, even for a short time.

For more information check: www.hartford.gov/fire

For Immediate Release: January 30, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. 860-757-9731
c. 860-539-5485
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