Have you thought about fire safety lately? During winter months, you tend to run a higher risk of fire given different heating mechanisms. This is a good time to perform a quick check. Here are some important fire safety tips to consider.
Check Smoke Detectors
Make sure your smoke detectors are operational. Most have a test button that you can use to verify its operation. Be sure to also change out the batteries yearly.
Buy a Fire Extinguisher
It’s a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher in your home. Near the kitchen is probably the best place. Keep in mind that extinguishers have expiration dates. If you’ve had one for years, check the date and purchase a new one if your current one is expired.
Be Safe with Open Flames
Open flames are always a hazard in your home. Keep furnishings and flammable items away from open flames, including fireplaces, wood stoves, and candles. Do not leave flames running unattended. Lastly, beware of anything that may be within reach of children.
Fire Safety Plans
Once a year, review fire safety practices with your family. Have a plan in place for the safest way to exit your home and where you should meet up. Remind children of fire dangers from everyday objects in your home (including matches, lighters, and candles). Getting the family involved will help improve the safety of your home.
These MA home fire safety tips are just a few important things to consider. Being conscious of fire dangers and fire safety is the first step to ensuring a safe home for you and your family.