Home Fire Alarms, 10 Tips for Fire Prevention!
With home fire alarms you must install at least two smoke detectors on each level of your home. Smoke detectors save hundreds of lives each year due to the warning mechanisms. It is important to closely follow the manufacturer's instructions when installing your smoke detectors.
What are the fire hazards I should look for in my home?Regularly walk through your home and look specifically for fire hazards. You should look for hazards such as frayed or torn cords to electrical devices (the television, stereo system, lamps or computers, for example), extension cords in high traffic areas, or space heaters too close to flammable items (such as clothing, fabric, books, magazines or old newspapers).
How should I protect my family or I in the case of a fire?
Plan a fire exit plan for each member of the family, and practice it regularly. Having an escape plan can help family members escape quickly and safely, in case a fire occurs.
How can I prepare my children in case a fire breaks out?
Teach you children fire safety. As children are the next generation, it is important to teach them the dangers of fire and the importance of exercising fire safety practices daily. This way, they will help you and your family stay safe.
You should test the detector(s) every month. Replace the batteries the same time as the Time Zone change. Do not be a "battery bandit", never borrow the batteries from a smoke detector. You should use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dust and cobwebs, which can reduce its sensitivity to smoke.
I live in a dry arid climate, how can I protect my roof?
When buying, building or renovating your home, make sure all roofing materials are fire resistant.
I have gutters on my house can they prevent a fire?
Clean your gutters regularly. Dry leaves and evergreen needles in rain gutters can easily catch fire.
Trim back any tree limbs that are within 10 feet of your chimney and dead limbs overhanging your home to prevent them from catching fire.
I am in an area with frequent wildfires and high winds, how can I prevent embers from entering my home?
To prevent sparks or embers from wildfires from entering and igniting your home and triggering a residential fire alarm, place screens with openings of "1/2" or smaller over all attic and foundation vents and chimney.
We have a fireplace we use in the wintertime and keep firewood on the patio. Is that ok?
No, store the wood and other combustibles away from your house.
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