October is fire safety month! Be sure to check all of the important safety tips of of this list. An ounce of
prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Fire Safety Checklist
- There should be a smoke detector on every level of the home.
- Smoke alarms should be cleaned and tested once a month. Set a reminder on your phone.
- Smoke alarm batteries should be changed once a year. Pick a memorable day, like Thanksgiving or a birthday.
- Own fire extinguishers and know how to use them! Significant fire damage can be avoided by using a fire extinguisher.
- Don’t leave your stove-top or grill unattended when cooking. Kitchen fires are the number one cause of household fire damage.
- Make sure your stove hood is clean and vented to the outside.
- Keep flammable items (like paper towels) away from the cooking area.
- Make sure all cords are in good condition. Replace damaged ones. Electrical problems are the second leading cause of home fire damage.
- Don’t run cords under rugs.
- Plug all appliances directly into the wall.
- Make sure dryer lint trap and ventilation system are clean.
- Always blow out candles when you leave a room.
- Never leave children or pets alone with lit candles.
- Have your heating system inspected and cleaned by a professional once a year.
- Keep all furniture and other potential flammables at least 3 feet away from heat sources including fireplaces, heating vents, space heaters, and radiators.
- Space heaters are plugged directly into the wall.
One of the most important fire safety steps is to create a fire escape plan and practice it once a month! (See follow up post here)
If you have had a fire in your home or office call ServiceMaster of the Twin Cities today. We are proud to be the foremost experts in fire damage restoration and smoke damage restoration. (612)871-3885