October is Fire Safety Month and as much as I love our annual visits to the local fire house and enjoy watching my kiddos gear up and ride the engines, fire prevention is not all fun and games. Every year, I review the lessons I learned as a child with my own children, and every year I am grateful for the reminders. We know not every family has the opportunity to visit their local firehouse so we are sharing five critical fire safety tips to help keep you and your families safe.
Top 5 Fire Safety Tips
- Install Smoke Alarms in Your Home: The new regulations suggest one in every room of the house, including the garage, attic and basement. There are specially designed smoke alarms for the kitchen in case you tend to smoke up the joint when you cook. Make a habit of checking the batteries every month (set a reminder on your calendar) and change the batteries in the spring and fall. We do this when we change the clocks back/forward.
- Install CO Detectors: Install a Carbon Monoxide detector on every floor, especially near sleeping areas. If the CO detectors alarm sounds, open all of the windows, and get everyone out of the house. Call the fire department immediately before returning into the home. They only last for a set amount of years before the whole unit needs to be discarded and replaced.
- Two Ways Out: Make sure everyone knows two ways out of every room of the house. Choose a family meeting place and make sure everyone knows where it is.
- Fire Escape Plan: Set up a fire escape plan for your home and then practice it both with the lights on and then off.
- Fire Extinguishers: Purchase fire extinguishers and learn how to use them. Keep one in a central location on each floor. Place extras in the kitchen, laundry room, garage, work place, and near other common areas.
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