Did you now that October 8th-14th is Fire Prevention Week?
That means it is time to check those smoke detectors, have your sprinkler systems serviced, go over your family emergency plan, and make sure you and your home are fire safe.
U.S. fire departments respond to about half a million structure fires per year. These fires result in injury, loss of property, and sometimes death. The majority of these fires are preventable. With proper safety equipment and education, you can keep your home and family safe.
10 Fire Safety and Prevention Tips for Homeowners
- Install AFCI breakers and receptacles. These protect against arc faults and can prevent the majority of electrical fires.
- Be sure you have at least one smoke alarm on every level, outside of each sleeping area, and in every bedroom.
- Draw out a fire escape plan and share it with your family.
- Test your smoke alarm batteries monthly.
- Vacuum your refrigerator coils every 3 months to prevent dangerous dirt build up.
- Never leave cooking unattended.
- Install weatherproof boxes or covers on outdoor outlets.
- Be smart about extension cord usage. Remember that they are a temporary solution not to be used long term. Never attempt to extend the length of an extension cord and always ensure the amperage rating for the cord is higher than that of the product you’re plugging into it.
- Always store fuel in approved containers away from sources of heat.
- Consider hiring a qualified, licensed electrician to perform any electrical work in your home. Your safety is at risk not only when performing the work yourself, but also later in the event that you do not complete the work properly.