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Keeping the Fam Holiday Safe

12/15/2023 (Permalink)

Avoid Fire Damage

House fires are downright traumatic. Our hearts go out to each family we've encountered through such unfortunate events. Our goal is to help you and your family get back to normalcy as quick as possible. But if we can prevent disasters from happening, then we will share what we know. 

Fire Prevention Tips:

1. Smoke alarms: Test smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries annually. The faster someone's alerted, the quicker help is called.
2. Prepare children: Teach fire preparation to children, including the dangers of fire. Make sure they know the proper use of 911 for emergencies. Keep matches and lighters out of their reach.
3. Plan where to go: Create an escape plan and make sure everyone in the household is aware of it. Choose an outside meeting spot for all family members to gather upon escaping. Conduct practice drills twice a year.
4. Share contact information: Make sure all household members know who to contact in the event that they cannot find each other during a home fire.
5. Educate on proper techniques: Teach everyone in the household to stop, drop and roll in the event their clothes catch on fire.
6. Take action if you smoke: Smokers should take extra precautions, as many residential fire deaths are caused by smoking materials. Avoid smoking in bed, especially while sleepy or medicated. It is better to smoke outside.
7. Handle heaters: Portable heaters should be turned off when not in use. If your heater begins to smell bad, please turn off, investigate and possibley consider a new one. A component could be broken or debris is stuck inside.
8. Take care of candles: Candles should be extinguished when not in use, and never left unattended. Keep away from hanging decor and especially Christmas trees.
9. Store other sources of light: Speaking of candles, consider using flashlights during a power outage instead of candles.
10. Examine the home for other fire hazards: Check the electrical wiring and home heating sources to make sure they are safe

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