This week in October is known as Fire Prevention Week! What better way to celebrate than to learn and talk about possible fire hazards? Baron Insurance wants you to be prepared so that you do not have to pay the price later.
House fires are very serious, and you should never think that it can’t happen to you. Most people know the basics of fire safety in your home, like not leaving a burning candle unattended and keeping a fire extinguisher around. However, there are a few more things that you can do to prevent fires in your home. Let’s explore:
There are many precautions that you can take when preventing cooking fires. First order of business is to never leave the stove unattended. If you get caught up with a phone call or your kids it is best to turn the burners off. Make sure that you keep towels, pot holders, and curtains away from any flames. It is important to wear short or tight fitting sleeves that don’t drape off of you. Make sure that the handles of frying pans and pots are turned inwards to avoid being knocked. Lastly, never use the oven to heat your home.
As the cold season is beginning, it is important to make sure your home is ready and safe. If you house has a fire place and your family loves the warmth of a fireplace, give it a check! It is recommended to have your fireplace and chimney cleaned and inspected once a year. Never leave your fire running over night!
If you are a smoker, you should never smoke while you are in bed, or drowsy, or on medication. When you are finished with your cigarette, make sure that you completely put it out. Keep your smoking supplies out of reach of children at all times. Also, keep a safe distance from people while smoking to avoid catching someone’s clothes or hair on fire.
Smoke detectors only detect a fire, they do not prevent then. However, they are very important because they will alert you of a fire as soon as it happens. You should test your smoke detectors once a month and replace the batteries every 6 months. Teach your children what the alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one. They should be completely replaced every 10 years.
Fire escape plans are extremely important and every family member should know two ways to escape from every room in your house. Set a designated are outside your house where everyone meets outside in case of a fire. Practicing escaping from your home is done best twice a year and at various times of the day. Practice waking up to a smoke alarm, crawling, and meeting outside. Double check everyone knows how to call 911. Lastly, teach family members to stop, drop, and roll should their clothes catch on fire.
There are an abundance more fire safety tips for you to explore; we only touched on the most important ones. Baron Insurance wants you to celebrate Fire Prevention Week to take some time and practice fire precautions around your home. House fires are serious and the risks are severe.
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