Fire Safety – Protect Your Home, Protect Your Family

Given the recent wildfires experienced across the state of Colorado, I wanted to take a moment to cover the topic of home fire safety. Whether you rent or own, your home and possessions are an investment worth protecting from fire and other disasters. Much more important than the “stuff” you lay claim to is the health and safety of your family. Fire is the third most common cause of accidental death in the home; Don’t wait until October {National Fire Safety Month} to brush up on the basics of fire prevention and safety.

  • Your home should have a smoke detector located on every floor at minimum. Some sources recommend installing alarms in bedrooms as well, especially if you smoke or have a television, air conditioner, or other large electrical appliance in the room capable of starting fire.
  • 3 steps to Smoke Detector success: Test batteries monthly; Replace batteries in the fall when you change clocks for Daylight Savings; Smoke Detectors have a useful life of about 10 years. If you are unsure how old your smoke detector(s) are, replace them to ensure they will work when it counts.
  • Click here for help planning semi-annual fire drills and an escape route for your family:  http://bit.ly/Ngavda
  •  Cooking fires, particularly on the stove top, are the leading cause of home fires. If the phone rings, your show is “getting good” or the kids/pets/house plants need your attention- consider turning off the burner. Pick up a reusable kitchen-sized fire extinguisher at the hardware store and be prepared to smother a stove top fire the right way. Water is not your ally in smother a grease fire- pour on flour or baking soda to smother this type of blaze, and definitely don’t panic and wave the kitchen towel at a fiery pan.
  • Be aware of risk factors for home fires. Smoking {take it outside if you can}, Electrical {avoid overloading circuits, replace worn or frayed cords} and Candles {Consider switching to battery operated flameless candles, snuff out candles if you won’t be in the room, avoid candles in high-kid-traffic areas}

Natural disasters are outside of our control, but the vast majority of home fires are preventable. Take action on the home front and talk to your family about fire safety this week. Another quick tip: check your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. If something disastrous happens to your property, you don’t want to be surprised by the coverage {or lack thereof} on your property.

Cheers to the health and well being of you and yours,

Jack Meyers

jackestate@aol.com

303.263.3050

Twitter: @jackestate

 

 

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