October is Fire Prevention MonthOctober is Fire Prevention Month and it serves as an important reminder to take certain precautions to protect our families, friends, and our biggest financial investment – our homes. Below are some tips to ensure your safety and well being of those you love.
Purchase a Fire Extinguisher – For a small fire, having an extinguisher on hand may be the difference between a broken toaster and complete devastation. Extinguishers can be purchased at your local home improvement store and should be stored where you can easily access it in case of an emergency. Remember to learn how to use it BEFORE you need it!
Check your Smoke Detectors – Fire Departments suggest that you install smoke detectors in all hallways and bedrooms in your home. Make sure you replace batteries twice a year and that your equipment is in good working order. While you are at it, check your Carbon Monoxide detectors as well.
Have an Escape Plan – It is important to have a plan on how to get out of your home in the event of a fire. It is also imperative that all members of your family know this plan and can implement it. Your plan should include: having TWO ways of escape, assigning one person to help others get out, designating someone to call 911, and having a meeting destination once you have exited the home so you can make sure all are accounted for.
Once you are out, STAY OUT – Do not go back in the house for pets or valuables. Pets may often hide or escape on their own and things can be replaced. Let the firemen do the job they have been trained to do.
For additional information on fire safety, please visit the National Fire Protection Association