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Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week


October 8-14 is Fire Prevention Week, and this year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” In a house fire, a second can be the difference between a safe escape or tragedy. Our team here at Preview Properties knows how important those seconds are, so we’ve compiled a list of fire prevention tips to use in your home. 

Prepare, prepare, prepare! Identify and remove any fire hazards in your home. For example, any appliances that get hot need to have plenty of space. You should keep at least three feet between heating items and anything flammable. If you have a space heater, keep it off when you’re not using it. Avoid smoking in bed, and don’t leave unattended candles lit. 

Inform your kids. Make sure your children know they shouldn’t play with fire, matches, or lighters. Always keep matches and lighters out of reach of children by storing them in high or locked places.

Make sure your smoke alarms work. You should have smoke alarms on each level of your home as well as inside and outside of any sleeping area. Test them once a month to ensure the batteries still work and if your smoke alarm is more than ten years old, replace it!

Have an escape plan in place. Make sure everyone in your family knows the fire escape plan and where to meet once outside. Your should practice this drill with your family at least twice a year to ensure everyone can make it out safely in less than two minutes.

Following these steps should put you and your family in a good place for fire prevention, but what should you do if a fire *does* occur?

Do not open any door if it feels warm to the back of your hand. A warm or hot door could mean that there is a fire on the other side so use a secondary exit instead. In the event that all of your exit routes are blocked: stay put, open a window, and wave something white, like a pillowcase or shirt, to signal for help.

Remember to stay low to the ground and crawl to avoid breathing in any smoke.

Stick to the escape plan. Your priority should be to get out of the house as fast as possible. Do not go back in, and call 9-1-1 immediately.

These tips should help you and family prevent fires in your home, as well as quickly and safely respond in the event that there is a fire. If a fire does occur in your home, remember: get out, stay out, and call for help. Stay safe!

If you want to learn more about Fire Prevention Week, visit: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week