Fire Safety – A First Priority
It’s May and already we are starting to see some “controlled burn” fires. We also experienced a 4.5 earthquake this week. Combine those two events, and it seems as if some tips on home safety are in order. Whether you are settling into a new home or enjoying one you’ve owned for many years, we all can benefit from these fire-safe suggestions.
- Make sure you and your family have discussed emergency situations and possible exits in the event of a fire. Have multiple escape routes planned.
- Have a fire extinguisher, practice using it, and recharge when needed.
- Check all smoke detectors to make sure they are working and change batteries, if you have not done so this year. Mark your calendar for a year from now so that you remember to replace them or send yourself a yearly recurring email as a reminder. Check your carbon monoxide detectors, too!
- If you have young children who live with you or who may visit (such as grandchildren), place plastic covers in electric outlets and keep chemicals, cleaners and flammable substances out of reach.
- Check your wiring and make sure it is up to code and that repairs have been completed properly. Make sure you are not overloading your outlets, as well.
- Have your fireplace chimney cleaned and inspected for cracks and flue mechanics prior to use.
- If you have just moved in, make sure to unpack any flammables, matches, candles, and electrical appliances in a timely manner.