Fire Prevention

Accidents can happen at any time and there is little that can be done to protect against them. To help protect against a fire, here are a few steps you can take.

1.Keep Fire Extinguishers Handy--Fire extinguishers are the best defense against fires. Make a note of the expiration dates of the extinguishers you have in your house and make sure that they are replaced or refilled in time.

2 Install and Check Smoke Alarms--These play a critical role in providing early warnings of a fire. It’s important to check you alarm system every 4 months and replace any batteries that may be weak.

3.Use Fire Resistant Carpeting--Wool and synthetic carpets burn easily and because of their size, the fire spreads fast. There are other alternatives that are fire resistant.

4.Don’t Overload Your Wiring—It’s important to never overload your electrical wiring and when installing any device that draws a heavy amount of electricity especially with these devices. It might be wise to have a licensed electrician check the wiring and outlet to ensure that there is no chance of sparking or an overload. Also check the plugs to ensure they fit tightly in the outlets. A loose fit will permit sparking and heat buildup.

5.Clean Up Junk--Old clothes, newspapers, boxes toys etc. are often dumped in a closet, garage or the attic and left there for long periods of time. Such items are flammable and the smallest of sparks can ignite a blaze. It would be wise to make it a habit to clean out the junk from your home every couple of months, certainly years.

6. Fireproof Your Furniture--When buying new furniture ask to see if it’s possible to coat it with flame resistant chemicals. For existing furniture you can buy the fireproofing sprays that are easy to apply.

7.Common Sense is the Most Effective Fireproofing Tool--Remembering to turn off unnecessary electrical.

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