- Smoke Detectors. Have one outside of every room, test them monthly, and change the batteries at least twice yearly.
- Fire Extinguishers. Have at least 1 multi-purpose, dry chemical fire extinguisher on each floor of the house, and in the kitchen. Make sure they’re easily accessible and inspected monthly.
- Electrical Wiring. Make sure that your home is up to code. Faulty or old wiring is one of the leading causes of house fires. Also, make sure that night lights and lamps aren’t touching drapes or blankets.
- Appliances and Electronics. Make sure that appliances are turned off when you’re done with them. Use surge protectors when plugging multiple devices into a single outlet and don’t use extension cords in a manner that they’re not designed for.
- Avoid Clutter. A messy house provides additional fuel for a fire and also makes it harder to escape. A clean house is a safer house!
- Keep Vents and Ducts Clean. Clean out your dryers, hot water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, and fireplaces monthly.
It’s really important to talk to your kids about what to do in case of a fire. Have monthly fire drills and establish a meeting place that’s far enough from the house to be safe but close enough so that small children can get there. Repeat the fire safety plan often and remind them not to worry about their “stuff”. It’s replaceable – they are not! We hope these home fire-proofing tips are helpful, and Happy National Fire Prevention Week!
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