Observe National Preparedness Month: Prevent House Fires
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 362,100 residential building fires in 2010 took over 2,500 lives and cost over $6.5 billion in losses. Many of these tragic incidents could have been prevented with routine fire prevention maintenance. Do yourself, your family, and your local fire department a favor and follow these simple tips for preventing home fires.
- Smoke Alarms: Smoke alarms may not prevent the fire itself, but they definitely help prevent larger fires and ultimately, deaths. Install smoke alarms in every level of your home and for added preparedness, in all areas where household members sleep. Inspect and test these alarms once a month and change the batteries once a year. Pick a notable day, such as New Years’ Eve or your mother’s birthday, to complete annual smoke alarm maintenance.
- Fire Extinguishers: Keep a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen, near fireplaces, and convenient to outdoor fire features, like a grill, fire pit, or tiki torch in case of emergency.
- Electrical Cords: Inspect the cords on all household appliances, including toasters, lamps, alarm clocks, blow dryers, razors, and the like. Keep an eye out for frays and tears. Pay special attention to older electrical items that may operate with antiquated wiring. Consider having these items rewired.
- Dryer Vent: Dryer vents can easily become kinked and/or clogged with lint. This blockage causes the air to back up into the dryer, causing it to catch on fire. Check dryer vents regularly and clean them out as needed.
- Winter: Have your heating system and chimneys checked out by a professional annually and beware of space heaters. Do not sleep with space heating on and be careful of drapes or blankets hanging on or near space heaters. Decorative Christmas lights and Christmas trees can also be hazardous as the tree dries out, becoming highly flammable. Never leave Christmas lights on through the night and dispose of Christmas trees soon after Christmas.
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Celebrate National Preparedness Month by sharing these tips with friends and family.