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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

Smoke Alarms

  • 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.

Safe Cooking

  • 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.

Electrical/Appliance Safety

  • 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.

Candle Safety

  • Always blow out candles when you leave a room.
  • Never leave children or pets alone with lit candles.

Heating Safety

  • 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