The second week of October is Fire Prevention Week; and it’s important to be sure that whether you are a homeowner or renter, you are doing what needs to be done to protect your home from the risk of fire.
A house fire can be one of the most unexpectedly devastating things to happen to a family. Here are some tips to ensure you’re practicing fire safety at home.
Make sure each level of your home has a smoke alarm, and check it monthly to make sure it’s working. Be sure to replace the battery regularly as well (at least once a year).
Unplug electrical cords when you’re not using them to avoid electrical fires.
Be sure to turn off an unplug anything that heats up, such as hair straighteners, irons, and stove burners.
Be careful with alternate heat sources such as portable heaters and fireplaces. Make sure portable heaters are not set too closely to anything else (3 feet is a good rule of thumb) and that the fireplace and chimney are cleaned regularly.
Have an escape route in case of fire that your whole family knows well, in case of emergency.
Be sure you have the appropriate amount of homeowner’s or renter’s insurance to cover any fire damage to your home and belongings. Talk to your agent to make sure you’re covered.
Do you have other ideas on ways to practice fire safety? Share your suggestions in the comments below.
By Holly Meredith