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Fire Safety Checklist

Everyone today is very busy and it is easy to forget to practice safety until it is too late. This is a reminder to check to make sure that you are fire safe.

Fire Safety Checklist

Boost Your Fire Preparedness

Smoke Alarms

New homes are now required to be constructed with an interconnected alarm system, whereby all alarms ring if one detects smoke. This is a huge step forward but this is only designed to save lives. They are not designed to save property. If your alarm goes off in the middle of the night then you will be rushing to gather up your family to get them to safety. BUT you may not have time to alert the Fire Department. With the addition of a monitored Smoke Detector the authorities will be alerted automatically. If you are not at home and the house smoke detector goes off then no one knows! Again with a monitored smoke detector integrated with your home security system the authorities are dispatched automatically.

Fire Extinguishers

The purchase of a Fire Extinguisher can mean the difference in a small fire or the destruction of your entire home. A very small investment to protect the largest investment of your life. Just remember if you need to use it:

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  • Pull the pin to release the handle
  • Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the trigger
  • Sweep the discharge stream at the base of the fire.

 

Gas Fireplaces

While sparks and flying embers are the most common fireplace hazards, The Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association (HPBA) is launching an imitative to raise awareness about the danger of glass-front gas fireplaces. When the glass heats up, it puts children and pets at risk of serious burns. Starting January 1, 2014, all newly manufactured gas-fired certified fireplaces will include a mandatory safety screen.

Grill Smart

Before the weather gets too cold, you might want to think about firing up your grill¬†one last time. Just be sure to “inspect the hose, regulator, and valve for any obvious signs of rust, cracks, kinks or damage. Unsafe conditions could result in a flare-up or explosion.

Rag Disposal

Before you dispose of greasy or oily rags, let them dry out completely. The accumulation of oily/greasy rags in a pile or in a storage container can result in a fire. There are similar regulations for disposing of leftover paint, mineral spirits, turpentine and oil.

Control Your Cords

While the majority of house fires start in the kitchen, 6% of them are a direct result of electrical problems. While some things like dimmer switches and lamp rewiring can be tackled by a qualified DIYer, most electrical work should be left to the pros.

Fire Pit Safety

If you’re in the mood to cuddle around a bonfire, just make sure that you keep your fire pit at least ten feet away from any large structure. Keep the area around the pit clean and free of debris. And if it is a wood-burning pit, be sure to use a fire screen to reduce the risks posed by sparks and flying embers.

Safe and Insurable

One of the greatest precautionary measures against property damage is making sure your home is insured.

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