October is full of fun fall events, but there is also a more serious topic to consider, as Fire Prevention Week falls in October (October 9-15). It is the perfect time to evaluate how ready you and your family are for a fire, which can have a devastating effect on homes, belongings, and lives. It is important to be prepared before a fire happens and to take steps to prevent fires from happening at all – read on for some fire prevention tips.
Protect your home and loved ones
Fire prevention is something to think about year-round, but Fire Prevention Week is a great time to make sure you are as prepared as you can be. Here are some things to keep in mind:
1. You should have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, as well as in the kitchen and garage and in every bedroom.
2. Test your smoke alarms every month.
3. Make sure you have an escape plan in case there’s a fire in the middle of the night, and make sure your kids know how to get out of the house safely. Have the whole family practice what to do in case of a fire, at least twice a year. Help your kids to find two paths out of every room, have a designated meeting place outside, and make sure they know that once they are out of the house they should stay out.
4. Never leave a stove on unattended, and don’t leave candles unattended (it is safer to not use candles at all).
5. Closely monitor space heaters and fires in fireplaces. Keep anything that could catch fire at least 3 feet away.
6. Don’t use extension cords for the long-term; always plug appliances directly into the wall outlet.
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