Did you know that if a fire should start in your home, you could have as little as two minutes to escape? In the event of a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a pre-planned fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save the lives of you and your family.
See below things that you can do to prepare and hopefully keep you and your loved ones safe in the event of a fire.
Top Tips For Home Fire Safety:
- Make sure that smoke detectors are installed in your home, on every level, inside every bedroom and outside sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms every month by pushing the manual test button. If they are not working, change the batteries immediately.
- Irritated by the chirping of your smoke detector? DON'T UNPLUG IT! Many unplug the battery from the smoke detector with the intention of going back and replacing it and they forget. If it's chirping....replace it now. You know what they say, the noisy wheel gets the grease. In this case, the chirping smoke detector should get a new battery.
- Want to avoid the irritating chirping in the middle of the night, automatically replace the batteries in ALL of your smoke detectors when the time changes. SPRING FORWARD and replace those batteries!
- Develop a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year. Again, using the time changes is a good way to remind yourself that you are due to another "fire drill".
- Make sure that you have portable fire extinguishers accessible (garage, work sheds, kitchen, vehicles).
- Make sure that your portable fire extinguishers are inspected annually. This is required by NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). It is the only way to be sure that they will operate when you need them.
- For homes with multiple levels, consider having an escape ladder in each bedroom or in a common closet in a hall shared by bedrooms. Make sure that all family members know where it is located and how it is used.
- Most of all, remember, the most important thing is for you and your family to depart the house as quickly as possible. Don't delay trying to remove items from the home. Get to safety and call 911!
Please visit our Home Safety page if you don't have some of the fire safety items that were mentioned in this blog.