Emergency Preparedness: Fire Safety
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and while we commute. Today we’ll talk about being prepared in your home for fire emergencies.
Fire Safety Tips
Smoke & Fire Alarms
The very first step in fire safety is to be sure you have properly functioning smoke & fire alarms. California law now requires that all homes have 10-year life alarms that do not require battery replacement. If you haven’t replaced yours yet, your local Ace Hardware store has several options for you to choose from.
Next, be sure you have fire extinguishers strategically placed around your home. The kitchen and garage are the two most common spots to put a fire extinguisher. Train everyone in your family on how to use the extinguisher. Quick use of an extinguisher usually can keep a small problem from becoming a big disaster.
Develop a fire escape plan and practice it with your family at least twice a year. Each family member should know of at least two ways to escape from each room in your home. If your home is multi-story, you should consider having escape ladders for the upper level. You can get more emergency preparedness assistance at your neighborhood Ace Hardware store; visit SDAceHardware.com for the nearest location.