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Fire Safety During Winter Season

As the cold of winter is starting to settle in, many of us are turning on our heat (or space heaters) and putting the logs on the fire…in turn, our Chapter receives many nightly calls about single family fires. Fires are one of the most common disasters and cause more deaths than any other type. But a house fire does not have to be deadly if you take precuations and have an escape plan! Here are some guidlines you can use in preparing your emergency plan…

  • Smoke alarms save lives!Install smoke alarms out side of each sleeping area and on each additional level of your home. Remember to keep new battries on hand!
  • Use the test button to check each smoke detector once a month. When neccessary, replace batteries immediately and change the batteries at least once a year!
  • Have a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen and make sure it is properly charged.
  • Clean out storage areas. Don’t let trash, such as old newspapers and magazines accumulate.
  • Check heating sources. Many home fires are started by faulty furnaces or stoves, cracked or rusted furnance parts and chimneys with creosote build-up. Have all chimenys, wood stoves, and home heating systems inspected once a year!
  • Keep blankets, curtains, furniture and anything that could get hot and catch on fire away from portable heaters.
  • Plug heaters directly into the wall socket and unplug them when they are not in use.
  • Keep items away from the stove that could catch fire.
  • Never overload the fire place and NEVER LEAVE A FIRE PLACE UNATTENDED!
  • And remember to create a Family Evacuation Plan with at least 2 ways to escape from every room of your home.

Remember to stay safe and fire free this holiday season!

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This entry was posted on November 20, 2008 by in Disaster Response, Preparedness.

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