10 Tips for a Fire-Free Fall
There are 2x more residential fires on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year. So November is a good month to remind everyone how to stay safe from fire. Here are 10 tips:
- Watch your cooking - never leave a stove unattended. If you have to leave, turn it off.
- Give space heaters space - portable heaters should be at least 3 feet from anything that could burn. Always turn them off when leaving the room or going to sleep.
- No smoking in the house - ask smokers to smoke outside. Have sturdy, deep ashtrays for smokers.
- Keep matches and lighters up high, out of the reach of children.
- Replace electrical cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or loose connections.
- Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.
- Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with your family / roommates at least twice a year.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Interconnect smoke alarms throughout the home so that when one sounds, they all sound.
- Then, test your smoke alarms at least once a month and replace batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old.
- If you are building or remodeling your home, install residential fire sprinklers. Sprinklers can contain and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive.
At SERVPRO of North Garland, we've seen the damage that fire can do and want your to keep your fall flame free.