San Diego Fire Prevention
Because fire can be devastating and is a risk faced by every homeowner we wanted to remind you of ways to prevent home fires. They are frightening, but you can take control and help prevent fires from damaging your home with these fire prevention tips:
While 95 percent of U.S. homes have smoke alarms, 70 percent of home fire deaths occur where there is no working alarm. Install them if you have none, and check the ones you do have. Press the test button once a month and change the batteries every year. Also, smoke alarms older than 10 years are more likely to fail.
Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms
Equally as important as smoke alarms is having a unit that will alert you of high levels of carbon monoxide in the home. Some manufacturers now offer units that combine smoke and CO protection.
Heating equipment is a leading factor in home fires during winter months. Be sure to have furnaces serviced by a reputable inspector, and cleaned and maintained each fall before cold weather sets in.
Smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths. More fires start in the kitchen than any other place in the home, so keep a watchful eye on what you’re cooking. Candle fires have tripled over the last 10 years.
Ensure that flammables, such as gasoline, kerosene and paints, are kept in proper containers, tightly sealed and stored away from heat and flame.
Many small home fires can be taken care with a fire extinguisher before they get out of hand. The National Safety Council suggests keeping an extinguisher rated for grease and electrical fires in the kitchen. Also place properly-rated units near the furnace and in the garage.
Escape plan and practice
It is important to have an escape plan everyone in your home knows and to practice that plan regularly.