Safety advisories

Larcenies from vehicles reported
The Dearborn Police Department has received reports of items being stolen from parked vehicles. Residents are asked to take steps to avoid becoming a victim of this crime of opportunity.

Dearborn Police said residents should:
• Remember to keep their vehicles locked and windows rolled up even if the vehicle is parked in their driveway or in front of their home.

• Park their vehicle in their garage or in their driveway whenever possible.

• Do not leave valuables (Global Positioning System units, MP3 players, laptops and money) visible in their vehicle.

• Never leave any personal information in their vehicle such as the vehicle title, registration or insurance.

• Avoid leaving their vehicles running unattended even for a short period.

• Be aware of their surroundings and trust their instincts.

City has no role in mailing from insurance company
DEARBORN – Homeowners here may have received information in the mail from a company selling insurance to cover the costs of emergency repairs of water service lines on private property, a rare occurrence, city officials say.

The city has no relationship with the private insurance company. The city does not make recommendations regarding the purchase of insurance policies.

Homeowners may be interested to know that out of the 33,000 households in Dearborn, only two to four a year are affected by water service line emergencies that require extensive repairs.

A water service line is the pipe on your property that brings fresh water into your home from the city’s water line, which is usually in the street. Homeowners, not the city, are responsible for repairs and maintenance of the water service line on their property.

Kitchen safety
• The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended

• Most cooking fires in the home involve the stovetop.

Cooking brings family and friends together, provides
an outlet for creativity and can be relaxing. But did you know that cooking fires are the No. 1 cause of home fires and home injuries? By following a few safety tips you can prevent these fires.

“Cook with caution”
• Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.

• Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling,
or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

• If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

• Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire
• Just get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.

• Call 911 or the local emergency number after you leave.

• If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.

• Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

• For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Cooking and kids
Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared
or carried.
Courtesy of National Fire Prevention Association