How Safe Is Your Home?
The Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) provides a free in home assessment focusing on home safety. An HNP team member can discuss areas where safety can be improved and may also supply FREE items to assist you with making your home safer!
Tioga County Residents can call 687-8390 to schedule a FREE home safety check!
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
The winter heating season is approaching, which also means the season for house fires. Fires can
be caused by heating units such as space heaters or fireplaces, as well as holiday cooking and
Christmas lights. Kitchen fires are three times more likely on Thanksgiving than a typical day.
Tioga County Fire Coordinator, Frank Okrasinski reports Tioga County has already had 83 structure
fires this year. Okrasinski recommends, “Fresh batteries in a smoke detector not only saves lives,
but decreases the amount of damage to the structure. An early 911 call for all fires in a home, no
matter how small, is the best action to take.” Fires can move quickly, so do not delay calling 911,
even if you think you can put the fire out yourself.
Make sure your house is equipped with functioning smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Free
home safety visits through the Healthy Neighborhoods Program can replace any non-working
detectors and extinguishers. Call 607-687-8600 to schedule your home safety check. Tioga County
Public Health wishes you a safe winter season.
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