IMPORTANT NOTE: Last week, a fire claimed the life of a Sea Isle City resident and destroyed the family home. Our team, along with another local group, is collecting donations to support these members of the local community as they recover and rebuild their lives. For more information, read this post with details about donation sites and the family’s needs.
This recent tragedy has brought to light the immediate importance of preparedness in the event of a fire. Fire can ravage a home both quietly, quickly, and without any warning. The best defense a family has is to ensure that they are prepared and have multiple safety measures in place. Prevention of fires and a good plan for escape are the two most important things you can do to protect your loved ones.
Take a look at these simple tips to help you and your family prepare for the unthinkable event of a house fire. The best defense is regular maintenance and tests of your family’s fire safety precautions. These tips are a good guide for regular home checkups.
- Place smoke detectors in each level of the home and test every 6 months for effectiveness and battery life.
- Keep exits clear and know multiple routes of exit from each room.
- Make a family evacuation plan, including a central meeting place, and practice it regularly.
- Sleep with doors closed and teach children how to test doors and doorknobs for heat.
- Keep a fresh fire extinguisher in your kitchen. (Check the expiration dates regularly.) And keep lids nearby to smother any potential cooking grease fires.
- Don’t leave candles unattended or within one foot of curtains or other flammable items. If small children live in your home, keep candles out of reach and limit their use.
- Keep space heaters in clear and open areas away from flammable substances.
- Never leave a Christmas tree plugged in while out of your home.
- Clean dryer lint catcher and hoses regularly to remove highly flammable lint and debris.
- Dust and clean bathroom exhaust fans and ceiling fans regularly. Dust blades of fans and use compressed air to remove dust from fan motors.
- Don’t leave clothes dryers, dishwashers, and other devices running while out of the house.
- Keep your fireplace safe, have the chimney inspected annually and use a screen to protect from stray sparks.
- Never leave hot styling tools, irons, or other devices plugged in when away. Invest in tools with automatic shutoffs as an extra measure of protection.
- Inspect cords on devices regularly. Toss any frayed, brittle, or broken electrical appliances.
- Change air filters regularly to protect your home.
- Keep flammable products such as gasoline, paint, lighter fluid, and other toxic chemicals in safe containers outside of your home.
Vigilance is the best ways to protect your home and your family from a devastating fire. Make a plan to reassess your family’s fire plan every 6 months and ensure you’re preventing and preparing for the event of a blaze in your home.
If you’re interested in helping our efforts to assist the local family affected by last week’s blaze, contact our office or take a look at this post for more information.
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