Heating and cooking are leading causes of house fires and fire injuries, especially in the winter months. Fire Prevention Week (Oct 4-10) is the perfect time to review and practice fire safety. Here are some tips to prevent house fires.

Inspect Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are your first line of defense. These little devices on your walls and ceilings help you catch a problem before it becomes an emergency.  When smoke and heat enter the smoke detector, the sensors sound the alarm. 

  • Keep your fire and smoke detectors well maintained. 
  • Test them every month.
  • Change the batteries at least once a year.
  • Replace the unit every ten years. 
  • Teach your children what the alarm sounds like. 

Watch Home Appliances

Appliances such as stoves and washing machines make our lives easier, but they can also be a fire hazard. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) reports that approximately half of the residential fires begin in the kitchen. 

Heating is the second leading cause of home fires. Keep your family safe with these tips:

  • Keep all flammables such as paper, clothing, bedding, drapes, or rugs at least three feet away from a space heater, stove, or fireplace. 
  • Never leave portable heaters unattended. 
  • Make sure fireplace embers are extinguished before leaving the room.

Keep Lint Traps Clear

Dryers collect lint and lots of it. Lint build-up is one of the leading causes of home fires. Cleaning your lint trap after each use helps to prevent house fires. 

Make an Escape Plan

Every 88 seconds, a home fire is reported. Fire can spread quickly. Make sure you have a home escape plan and practice it with your family. 

Prevent House Fires

A fire is one of the most fearsome calamities that can strike a home. Keep your family and home safe with a little preparation and prevention.  

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