Every year 2,200 children die from injuries that happen in their own home. Our job at J&J Security is to do our part to help keep as many families safe as we can. One way we do that is through education. An important safety topic to discuss with families is fire safety. Here are some topics to consider when dealing with fire safety.
Working smoke alarms cut the risk of death in home fires in half. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and next to all bedrooms. We recommend testing your batteries every six months. A monitored smoke alarm is important because it can alert authorities if something goes wrong, and when dealing with fire, every second counts!
Do you have a home fire escape plan? Only one third of American have and practice them according to a NFPA survey. If you are one of the families without a plan, it is critical that you develop one that has at least two ways out of every room. Practice your home fire escape plans with your children often. In fact, a great way to remember is to practice them twice a year when you are checking on your batteries. Make sure that your fire escape plan has everyone leaving the home immediately and having a safe meeting spot outside of the home. (Like a neighbor’s driveway) Once they are out of the house it is important that they STAY OUT and wait for the fire department to arrive.
Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen. Do you have a fire extinguisher? Always have one in the kitchen, and make sure you know how to use it. You don’t want to be reading the instructions once you find yourself in an emergency situation. Another great tip when looking at kitchen fire safety is to make sure dish towels and wooden spoons are kept away from your stovetop. We use them often when cooking and it’s easy to put them down to close to the stovetop, and increasing your chance of them catching on fire.
There are about 25 home candle fires reported every day. They usually start when things that can burn are placed too close to the candle. Another factor is when someone falls asleep with a candle still burning. You should always blow out candles before leaving the room or going to sleep. Never leave candles burning unattended.
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*If you are needing monitored smoke alarms for your home, call our office today. (866) 532-SAFE