Fire Prevention at Home
Here at Coldwell Banker Wallace we want all of our clients, past, present, and future, to be as safe and secure in their homes as possible. October 4th-10th is Fire Prevention Week 2020, and we wanted to share some fire prevention methods you and your family can use to protect your home.
The theme of this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign is "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
According to National Fire Prevention Association, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
Keep these safety tips in mind to avoid kitchen accidents!
- Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
- You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
- Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
- Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
It’s never too late to make a plan to prevent fires in the home. A little bit of planning can go a long way towards prevention. Take a look at these tips for the rest of your home, and keep them in mind for Fire Prevention Week, and all year long!
1. Install And Maintain Smoke Alarms-
Put smoke alarms throughout your house. Replace old ones with new ones. If you can’t remember when you got your alarms, or if they’ve just always been there, they’re probably ready to be replaced.
Check them every month to make sure the batteries still work and they function properly. Set an alert from your phone or online calendar to remind you to change smoke detector batteries regularly.
2. Use Electrical Outlets/Cords Safely-
Don’t plug too many appliances into one outlet. You can run the risk of an overload and cause sparks. Replace frayed cords to prevent them coming into contact with combustibles. A single spark can cause a fire.
3. Proper Storage-
Make sure you and your family are storing flammable chemicals like cleaning products away from any possible ignition sources. Store them outside the house if possible, and keep them in a well marked and preferably fire resistant cabinet or other storage device.
4. Fire Extinguishers-
Keep “ABC type” fire extinguishers in the kitchen, the garage, the basement, and the workshop. Make sure every member of the family knows how to properly use them.
You and your family should remember that fire extinguishers are for small fires. Don’t try to use them to battle dangerous or out of control flames. Also, check the dates on your fire extinguishers to make sure they still function properly. Replace them according to their label dates.
5. Have A Family Escape Plan-
Make sure everyone knows routes out of the house in case of fires. Make sure there is more than one escape route, and make sure it is kept free of any blockages and obstacles. Designate a meeting place outside the home far enough away to be safe as a meeting place for the family to rendezvous after exiting the home.
These are just a few basic fire safety tips you and your family can use to protect your home from the threat of fires. Remember, a little prevention goes a long way toward protecting your home from fires.