OCTOBER IS FIRE PREVENTION MONTH

To ensure the safety of your family and loved ones, make sure you are prepared. Here are some helpful tips.

  • Have properly working smoke alarms.
  • Change the batteries in your smoke alarms at least every six months.
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly.
  • Place smoke alarms on each floor of your home and in each bedroom.
  • Plan a family escape route and practice it once a month.
  • Designate a meeting place should you need to evacuate your home such as in a neighbor’s yard or near a street light.
  • Place fire extinguishers throughout your home especially in your kitchen and laundry room, and make sure everyone in the house knows how to use them.
  • Check expiration dates on your fire extinguishers and replace them when needed.
  • Complete a safety checklist in your home to identify fire risks in your home.
  • Never leave candles burning unattended.
  • Never leave food on the stove unattended.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
  • Do not place portable heaters near flammable materials.