October is Fire Prevention Month! It is very important to make sure your family has a plan in place. By completing a short list of tasks, you can feel confident that your family and home is safe.
Escape Route Plan
It can be intimidating to discuss these scenarios with children, but it is crucial to ensure a safe escape as recommended by the National Fire Protection Association. Walk through your home with your family and identify multiple safe exits out of each room in the house. Ideally, there should be two exit routes from every room in your house. Designate a spot outside of the home for everyone to meet. Make sure everyone knows how to dial 9-1-1 once they are outside of the house and children should have their home address memorized. Execute your plan a few times a year so that no one forgets and make sure to do it at night as well.
Everyone should understand that if a fire occurs, they should GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP according to The Red Cross. Teach the STOP, DROP and ROLL drill should clothes catch on fire. Never go back inside for anything!
Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the house and in the kitchen. Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Simply press the test button to make sure the alarm works. Replace batteries twice a year even if your alarms are wired as they could be needed during a power outage.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors
These are now legally required for every home. If you don’t have one consider getting one soon. These should be checked monthly and batteries replaced at the same time as smoke alarms. It is recommended to replace them every 5-7 years.
These are good to have throughout the house. Make sure you are ready to use it having already read the instructions. Remember the PASS word for extinguishers: Pull the pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze the lever to discharge, and Sweep the spray from left to right. Let your family members know where to find fire extinguishers in the house and teach them how to use it.
Make sure all kitchen appliances are in good working order and turned off when not in use. Never leave candles or fireplaces unattended. Have vents and furnaces checked to make sure they are operating safely and up to code.
Having an emergency plan in place helps put your mind at ease with the confidence your home and family are protected. We hope these tips are helpful! As always, if you need loan assistance, visit www.angeloakhomeloans.com.
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