As temperatures fall, residents will be heating their homes again. For your family’s safety, consider having your furnace and fireplace(s) inspected and serviced by a professional. Remember though, fire safety is a year ’round responsibility, so be aware of potential dangers in your home and take care of them before a fire can start.
LOOK for potential fire hazards around your home. Take action to prevent fire from starting:
- Always stay in the kitchen while cooking. If you must leave, turn off the stove.
- Encourage smokers to smoke outside. Always extinguish cigarettes in large, deep ashtrays that cannot be knocked over.
- Check electrical cords for damage such as fraying or nicks. A damaged cord can expose wires and result in a potential shock or fire hazard.
LISTEN for the smoke alarms in an emergency. Make sure everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarms and can hear them in an emergency. Early detection of fire provided by smoke alarms gives you the extra seconds you need to get out safely.
LEARN two ways out of every room. Practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your home before a fire starts so you and your family can get out quickly. Homes today burn up to 8 times faster than 50 years ago, so there’s no time to figure out how to escape after a fire starts.
Smoke alarms do not last forever, so check the manufacture date of your alarms and replace any that are 10 years or older. For those alarms that do not need replacing, test them and make sure their batteries are in working order.