Tips for Fire Prevention at Home
We’ll soon start hunkering down in our homes for the winter. It’s time to make sure you have safety precautions in place to prevent fires, and procedures in place in the event of a fire.
- Get a smoke alarm and test it regularly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, you may have only two minutes to escape from your home after your smoke alarm sounds off. Functioning smoke alarms can reduce the risk of fire death by half.
- Keep a smoke detector on every floor of your home.
- Replace the battery once a year. Each year when you turn your clock back to standard time, put a new battery in your smoke detector.
- Replace the alarm itself once every 10 years.
- Plan family fire drills, and practice them twice a year.
- Make sure everyone in the family knows the telephone number of the fire department by heart.
- If you live in a high rise apartment building, make sure you know what your building’s evacuation plan is.
- If a fire does strike and you escape from your house, don’t go back in.
National Fire Protection Association.