Fire Prevention Week and what comes next!
October 3rd through October 9th was Fire Prevention Week and armed with the latest information, now is the time to put it all to good use!
Here are some tips on staying on top of all things fire related.
Protect Your Family with Smoke Detectors
Installing and maintaining smoke detectors is still the most important step you can take to protect your family from fire death or injury.
The detector should be no more than ten years old.
You can check the date on the back of the unit. Test the batteries monthly, and replace often. Install them in all bedrooms, hallways outside bedrooms, and on each level of your home.
There are two types of smoke detectors: photoelectric and ionization.
Photoelectric works better with slower, smoldering fires, while the ionization type is more suited to faster, flaming fires.
Most experts recommend that you have both in your home.
Have an Escape Plan
Take the time to plan an escape route for everyone in the home, designating a “meet up spot” outside.
The key to any escape plan is practice, practice and more practice!
Kids love games and challenges. Record the time it takes everyone to make it from their beds to the meet up spot, and then try to beat that time. The more often you practice, the more likely your children are to follow the plan, rather than freeze in panic or confusion when every second counts. Set your calendar to remind you to practice monthly.
For detailed information on how to create an escape plan for your family, https://www.ready.gov/ has a ton of useful information. Follow this helpful link: Fire escape plan
Fire Extinguishers are a must!
Two out of five home fires begin in the kitchen. Never leave a kitchen when food is cooking, especially on the burners. ALWAYS keep a fire extinguisher close by!
Have your chimneys cleaned regularly, and be very careful with portable space heaters. Make sure they are several feet away from drapes, clothing, or anything that could catch fire.
Never smoke in bed or while lying down.
With the Holidays coming, decorating our homes is a tradition, but it's a tradition that we must do safely..
Inspect your appliance cords. If any are torn, ripped, or damaged in any way, replace them immediately. If a cord or plug ever feels hot, unplug it.
Prevention is the key to your safety because the weather is turning colder here in the Northeast! The Holidays are just around the corner! We have to remain vigilant with our fire safety.