Did you know that the month of May is Building Safety Month? Each week, safety tips and information on each of these specific areas will be covered: Energy and Green Building, Disaster Safety and Mitigation, Fire Safety and Awareness, and Backyard Safety. Fire Safety and Awareness is the focus for this week of May 21-27. Here are 10 tips to remember for Fire Safety and Awareness:
Tip 1: Smoke Alarms
Have a smoke alarm in each room and every floor of your home to know when there is a potential fire in your home.
Tip 2: Practice
Practice how you will escape from your home when there is a fire. Also select a location where everyone can meet up after escaping from the house. Once you’re out call for help.
Tip 3: Home Fire Sprinklers
Home fire sprinklers along with smoke alarms greatly increases your chances of survival. Not only that they can increase the property value and lower insurance rates.
Tip 4: Test
Test your smoke alarm each month to make sure they are working and if not replace those batteries!
Tip 5: Portable Heaters
Portable heaters need their space so keep them far away from other objects that may catch fire.
Tip 6: Mesh Screening
Install noncombustible screening on attic/soffit vents to prevent embers from entering. Installing approved spark arrestors on chimneys of solid fuel or liquid fuel burning appliances is also recommended.
Tip 7: Shutters
Installing protective shutters or heavy fire-resistant drapes can help keep fire damage to a minimum.
Tip 8: Garden Hose
Having a garden hose that is long enough to reach any part of the home or structure is highly recommended to put out those fires.
Tip 9: “Defensible” Space
By creating a “defensible” space around your home, flames will burn out quickly and prevent further damage to other homes.
Tip 10: Fire Prone Trees
By remembering these 10 tips you can be sure that your family and you will be safe if a fire does occur in your home. And remember like Smokey the Bear says“only you can prevent wildfires” but in this case “only you can prevent house fires.”