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Fire Prevention Tips

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

Update Smoke Detectors and Sprinklers

Smoke detectors are an absolutely must when it comes to fire safety. Ensure you have one on each level of the home and in bedrooms. Test them once a month and replace their batteries as soon as they die. Depending on the type of batteries, you might need to replace them at least once a year.

Install home fire sprinklers for even more fire prevention. Home sprinklers reduce the risk of fire spreading to the rest of your home and use significantly less water than fire department hoses.

Be Aware of Fire Prone Areas

Most fires begin in the kitchen. In fact, cooking is the leading cause of fires in homes to date. Never leave the kitchen while you’re cooking on the stove top. Set a timer when baking.

Stay updated on how often your heating system gets cleaned. Chimneys often require much more cleaning since they are susceptible to creosote buildup. After winter use, thoroughly clean all fireplaces and chimneys. Never leave a fire unattended and avoid burning highly flammable substances without a screen.

Replace Old Equipment and Appliances

When it comes to fire safety, anything with a frayed wire must go. Damaged cords are a contributing factor to starting house fires. Be sure to replace appliances and equipment with fraying cords or damaged plugs. Check labels on all new appliances to stay updated on specific fire safety instructions.

Create a Fire Safety Plan

Review fire safety tips once a year with your family. Fire prevention and safety knowledge could decrease the amount of fire-related deaths.

Twice a year, you and your family should practice your fire escape plan, says the American Red Cross. If you have children in the home, it’s a good idea to draw your escape plan on graph paper for easy comprehension.

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