By Pamela Singleton, Sonitrol Pacific Director of Communications
Posted October 20, 2009
A fire in the home can be devastating. These tips can help you protect your family and home.
â€¢ Operation: Detection. Install (at least) one smoke and carbon monoxide detector on every level of your home.
â€¢ Plan your escape. Establish an emergency plan for the home and make certain everyone knows it. Hold fire drills and practice using emergency escape routes.
â€¢ Cooking with caution. Never leave food unattended when frying, grilling or broiling; check food regularly when baking, boiling, roasting or simmering. Keep your stovetop and oven clean and free of any flammable items (cardboard packaging, wooden spoons, oven mitts, etc.).
â€¢ Post weatherization or security check up sweep. After making changes to your homeâ€™s energy efficiency or home security measures, complete a final sweep to ensure points of exit are free from obstruction.
â€¢ Fireplace/wood stove safety. Have your chimney/wood stove inspected annually by an expert. Burn only seasoned hardwood; avoid burning wet, soft woods and cardboard/trash.
â€¢ Candle discretion. Candles are the culprit in more than 50 percent of home fires. Place candles in solid holders that canâ€™t be knocked over or easily reached by pets or children. Never leave candles unattended.
â€¢ Join the safety circuit. Routinely check electrical appliances and wiring. Immediately replaced damaged or worn wires.
For more tips, visit www.usfa.fema.gov.