|Monday, September 24, 2018|
Is Your Home Fire Safe? Preparation is Key.
You can never be too prepared for something like a fire in your home. Since October is National Fire Prevention Month, we wanted to give you a head start on some important action items. We’ve compiled a list of the most important things to consider:
1. Install fire alarms and smoke detectors
We bet you’ve heard at least once a year how important it is to have properly working fire alarms and smoke detectors, and the importance of checking them monthly. Now, think back to the last time you actually did that. The problem is that most people read what should be done and never do it. Make this a priority by setting a monthly alarm on your phone to remind yourself to complete the checks. Batteries should be replaced yearly as well.
Taking these small precautions is so important to your safety and your family’s safety
In case of a fire.
2. Teach children fire safety basics
Fire safety basics include how to prevent, prepare for and deal with a fire. Content should be determined based on age, but it is never too young to discuss a fire safety plan. Your children will be more likely to remember steps if you have discussed them many times over.
With younger children it’s very helpful to introduce them to firefighters and EMT in a non-threatening manner, so that they are not fearful during a fire should someone come looking for them. Children have been known to hide from firefighters during a fire because of their scary looking equipment and gear. Check with your local fire station to see if they host any events that would give your children a meet and greet opportunity.
3. Be prepared with fire safety equipment
There are several fire safety products that are helpful during a fire, including fire extinguishers, a fire blanket and a fire safety ladder. These are great items to have on hand in your home.
4. Stay in the kitchen
If you’re cooking, especially on the stovetop, it’s important to stay close. Grease fires can get out-of-control very quickly. Kitchen fires are common, so don’t walk away for a long period of time.
5. Extinguish controlled fires completely
Fireplace fires and bonfires should be extinguished completely before walking away or going to sleep. In addition, if you remove hot ashes from your fireplace they need to be placed away from anything flammable and ideally away from your home.
6. Keep heat sources clear of household items
Heat sources including fireplaces, ovens and space heaters should all be kept clear of household items and flammable items. Examples of potential fire hazards include blankets, sweatshirts, rugs, towels and more.
Fire can devastate a home and a family in a matter of minutes. Taking easy steps to help prevent fire and prepare for it is so important. October 6-13, 2018 is Fire Prevention Week. We encourage you to visit https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/Fire-Prevention-Week for many more resources to educate yourself and your family. There are downloadable tip sheets, family fun, kids resources and much more.