The fall season is in full swing now with football games and trick or treat to get us prepared for the holidays to come. Many people will have their homes full of visitors, and the pleasant aroma of pumpkin pie and great company will be just the thing for our holiday cheer. Nothing can put a damper on that more than an unexpected home fire. According to the NFPA, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 336,600 home structure fires per year during 2007-2011. Since October is National Fire Prevention Month, be prepared early and get your home fireproof ready with these 10 great tips:
- Be sure to check smoke detectors and replace the batteries. If you don’t have smoke detectors, get them.
- Plan and implement a primary and alternate escape route out of your home. Print and post this for your family to be familiar with. Hold periodic fire drills and have rope ladders for escape on upper floors. Establish a safe meeting place in front of your home away from fire where everyone can gather.
- Have a professional inspect and clean all chimneys.
- Check all electrical cords for knots or frays.
- Do not overload electrical outlets. They can draw a heavy amount of electricity and electrical short circuits are a major cause of fire in the home.
- Keep a fire extinguisher readily available. Especially in close proximity to the kitchen.
- Be sure to clean your dryer lint trap after each use.
- Make sure you change your furnace filter regularly, and do not store any flammable material near your furnace.
- Do not leave lit candles unattended, and make sure you extinguish any fire in your fireplace before leaving home.
- Clean up any clutter around the home. Clean out your closets and toss any old clothing, newspapers and boxes that may be accumulating.
Now that you have these fireproof tips for your home, cheer on your favorite football team, go trick or treating, and pre-game for Thanksgiving by enjoying as much pumpkin pie as you can!!
As always, we here at the Barker, Beck, Collins, and Kronauge Agency wish you a great start to the holiday season.