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San Diego Fire Safety – Plan Ahead

San Diego Fire Safety – Plan Ahead

The most common disaster faced by San Diego families isn’t earthquakes or floods… it’s fire. In fact, the Red Cross Responds to a fire in San Diego or Imperial County just about every 24 hours. There are things you can do to help minimize the risk of home fires.  Most important are two key tips in San Diego fire safety… install smoke alarms and have a fire escape plan.

Smoke Alarms

First, make sure you have at working smoke alarms on every level of your home. You should place them inside bedrooms and outside your sleeping areas as well as in common and living areas. Test your smoke alarms once per month.  You do this by pushing the “test” button. You should replace the batteries at least one time per year.

Escape Plans

Every home needs a fire escape plan. Plans should include at least two ways to escape from each room. Be sure to identify a safe meeting spot where everyone will gather to ensure each person made it out of the home safely. Practice your plan so that everyone knows what to do in case of a fire. In the confusion of a fire, that practice is important because it may be difficult to see and hard to make decisions.

San Diego Fire Safety Tips

  • You should keep all fuel sources like paper, cloth, carpet, rugs or bedding a minimum of three feet from any heat source or open flame.
  • Don’t ever leave the stove unattended when frying, broiling or grilling and don’t leave home if your baking, simmering or roasting.
  • And, of course, keep lighters and matches away from children at all times.

Your eleven San Diego area Ace Hardware stores have a variety of smoke alarms and batteries to help keep your loved ones safe. They also have carbon monoxide detectors which are also very important to protect your loved ones.

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