Fire Safety & Home Protection

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It is always hard to hear a news story about a fire, or even loss of life because of a fire.  The sad truth is that fires will happen from time to time for many reasons ranging from faulty wiring to someone falling asleep while smoking a cigarette.  With time, maybe ways to help avoid these fire-starters will occur, but for now keep yourselves as safe as possible.

It is bad enough if a fire occurs at a detached residence, but even worse when a fire occurs at a multi-family structure like an apartment building.  The best chance of survival comes with early warning systems to help give plenty of time to escape the structure before the fire becomes too intense.  There are a few things that may make this situation better and safer.

First of all ensure you have adequate coverage with smoke detectors.  Smoke detectors should be located in hallways, and near all of your bedrooms. It is recommended to have smoke detectors on every level of your home, including basements and attics.  It is also recommended that the smoke detectors are wired together so one alarm triggers all of the alarms to sound if smoke is detected.  This helps to ensure everyone in the home hears the alarm if one detects smoke.

The bad habits we have sometimes can put us in danger.  When an alarm starts beeping to make us aware of a low battery, many people just remove the battery to avoid hearing the annoying beep.  This is a bad solution.  Without batteries, homes and lives are more at danger by removing the fire alarms.  The best way to avoid this possibility would be to replace your smoke detector batteries annually on a certain day, like New Years, or maybe Labor Day.

Another way to help protect against fire and fire damage would be to ensure there is a working fire-extinguisher somewhere easily accessible within the home.  This way you have the ability to help put out a small fire, possibly avoiding the chance of it spreading to a larger, more dangerous situation.   Since electrical or grease fires are sometimes involved it isn’t recommended to use water, as this could cause electrical shock, or even cause the fire to spread more rapidly.  A fire-extinguisher usually consists of  safer chemicals designed for these types of fires.  Along with having a fire-extinguisher, making sure it is inspected and working properly is an important step to fire safety.  This ensures they work, if needed, and also makes sure you don’t have a false sense of security if a fire starts.

After discussing early detection, and proper maintenance, understand some of the steps you can take to avoid the problem all together.  Be wise and make a decision to not smoke in your home.  You will want to make sure all of your heaters are maintained and function properly.  You can have your chimneys inspected regularly to make sure there is no opportunity for a chimney fire.  If you notice any electrical issues within your home you should have it inspected and corrected immediately by a licensed electrician.  You also want to make sure to always shut off appliances when not being used.  It is not advised to place flammable materials near water heaters, or any other devices with a pilot light.  These are just a few things to consider when helping to reduce the chance of a home fire.

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