Fire Prevention and Safety Information
September is 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 fire prevention and safety information.
The very first step is to be sure you have properly functioning smoke and fire alarms. California law now requires that all homes have 10 year life alarms that do not require battery replacement. If you haven’t updated 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.