Uncategorized | October 12, 2018
You can reduce your home fire risk through awareness and simple changes in a home environment. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) teaches about household fires, their typical origins, and how you can reduce the risk for yourself or a loved one. Home fires are devastating, leading to life-changing injuries and loss of life, as well. The financial losses from the power of destructive fires are staggering. However, there are ways to decrease the risk of fire in your home, or in the home of a loved one.
Smoke alarms should be installed all around a home, on each level, inside and around all bedrooms or sleeping areas.
Home smoke alarms should be tested at least once per month and batteries should be replaced at least once a year.
Discard any old smoke alarms over 10 years old and replace with new ones.
When cooking, don’t leave the room unless you turn off burners and/or appliances. Be especially mindful when frying, grilling, or broiling food.
Keep the fire extinguisher easily accessible in the kitchen.
Blow out burning candles before leaving a room or preparing for sleep.
Hide or lock up matches and lighters so they aren’t in reach of children.
Check electrical cords for cracks or damage and replace if necessary.
Keep room heaters at least 3 feet away from furniture, clothing, curtains, bedding, etc., and turn them off before retiring to bed.
If you have family or friends who smoke, ask them to go outside when they light up and provide them with sturdy, deep ashtrays.
Make a plan for fire escape and rehearse it at least twice per year. Keep in mind any special needs or handicaps, too.
If a fire does happen, get yourself out of the home or building before calling for help.
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