HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Well, 2018 is gone and 2019 is here! As we all know, FIRE PREVENTION is something that should be considered year 'round and this year is no different. With the cold season here, we need to be thinking about Safety around the Home and our heating options.
As always, check your Smoke Detectors, review your Escape Plan, and here are some Home Heating Safety Tips.
- Have a smoke detector in your living room and outside every bed room. - Replace the batteries every six months or when you hear the Low Battery "BEEP"
- Replace your Smoke Detectors after every major fire, or every 10 years.
- Make, review, or update your Home Fire Escape Plan with your family
- Make sure you have 2 (unblocked) ways out of your house in an emergency
- Have a meeting place outside your home
- Make sure all of your family members are familiar with it and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!
Home Heating Safety Tips
- Do not use stoves and ovens to heat your home while you sleep or unattended.
- Use Space Heaters designed for the space you are heating! Indoor heaters for indoors, outdoor heaters for the outdoors.
- Plug in Space Heaters directly into the wall outlet; try not to use extension cords.
- All extension cords are not created equal. Use extension cords that are RATED FOR THE APPLIANCE you are using.
- Avoid clutter around your Space Heaters. Keep all curtains, rugs, blankets, and other flammable items at least 3 feet away.
Here are some useful sites for additional information:
Additional Fire Safety Tips courtesy of Evie and Scout Troop # 359.