Fire Prevention & Safety
· Residential sprinkler systems are designed for life safety and are your best line of defense in a fire. A residential sprinkler system and smoke detectors together can dramatically decrease fire fatalities. Sprinklers are inexpensive to install in new and existing buildings. In addition, they reduce damage caused by the fire and minimize water damage during fire suppression.
A smoke detector can give an early warning of a fire. It is an effective tool in increasing your chance of escaping and surviving. Smoke detectors should be installed in each sleeping area and on each level of the home.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and fire experts nationwide encourage people to change smoke detector batteries at least annually. An easy way to remember to change your batteries is when you turn your clock back in the fall. Replace old batteries with fresh, high quality alkaline batteries, such as energizer brand batteries, to keep your smoke detector going year-long.
· To make sure your emergency flashlights work when you need them, use high quality alkaline batteries. Keep a working flashlight near your bed, in the kitchen, basement and family room, and use it to signal for help in the event of a fire.
· Install a fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen and know who to use it. Should you need to purchase one, the IAFC recommends a multi-or all-purpose fire extinguisher that is listed by an accredited testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratory.
· Create at least two different escaper routes and practice them with your entire family. Children are at double the risk of dying in a home fire because they often become scared and confused during fires. Make sure your children understand that a smoke detector signals a home fire and that they recognize its alarm. Early notification to 9.1.1. is critical. A fire can double in size and intensity with every minute. Early warning, escape and calling 9.1.1. are absolute essentials.
Don’t overload electrical circuits. Limit or exclude use of extension cords.
Store flammable liquids in original containers and away from water and room heaters and open flame.
Don’t leave burning candles unattended.
Don’t empty ashtrays in trash containers inside the home; take them outside.
Keep fire extinguishers in the kitchen and garage.
Vacuum out the clothes dryer lint area - below and behind.
Use caution when burning in fireplaces. Do not burn trash or waste.