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Fire Preparation and Prevention

October 5th, 2015

A fire can be a terrifying and devastating event, but with the proper education and prevention, you can prepare your family for safety in the event one occurs.

Practice Fire Drills

Establish a safe meeting place outside and far enough away from the house. In the event of a fire, make sure you and your family have a set meeting place to go to. Establishing this place ahead of time will prevent any confusion and lead them to safety.

Practice navigating through the house in the dark. In the event of a real fire, smoke and flames can inhibit a person’s ability to see. Practicing the fire drill in the dark can simulate what a real fire may be like.

Locate at least two exits out of each room. When determining your family’s escape plan, find two ways out of each room that would include both doors and windows. When practicing the fire drill, make sure that these exits are clear from any furniture or other obstacles and windows can be easily opened by children if needed.

Practice makes perfect. Get together with your family and practice your fire drill at least once or twice a year. Practicing will help your family become more familiar with the escape plan, and answer any questions or concerns that may come up as a result of the drill.

Prevent Fires with Safety

Burn safely. Don’t leave candles, wood or pellet stoves, or fireplaces burning for extended periods of time or overnight. It’s also important that you don’t leave these items unattended while burning. Keep children and pets away from these items and remove flammable objects that are within three feet of the candles, stove or fireplace.

Practice safe cooking. Home fires are more likely to start in the kitchen than any other room in the home. Do not let a stove or oven unattended while in use. If you are cooking with gas, be extra careful to use the stove and oven properly.

Keep matches and lighters stored in a safe place. These flammable objects should be kept out of reach of children. Educate your family on the risks of playing with matches and lighters and the dangers of fire.

Equip Your Home

Keep a fire extinguisher on hand. Fire extinguishers can help put out a small kitchen fire. Keep them within reach of your stove and replace them if expired or empty.

Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensure that smoke alarms are in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors every month and replace the batteries every six months. Equip your home with Select Security monitored smoke alarms that integrate with your Select SmartHome system for added peace of mind.

-Kaila Haun
Customer Relations Representative and Volunteer Firefighter

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