Fire Safety Tips
A fire can change your life with little more than a spark. It can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you mere minutes to escape. However, many home fires are preventable.
Knowing the essential fire safety tips to keep your family and home safe is crucial. It’s also imperative that you create a fire safety plan with your family to prepare your escape in the event of a fire.
Here are a few fire safety tips:
Install and Maintain Fire Detection Systems
Smoke alarms are your best early warning system in the event of a fire. Install smoke alarms in or near bedrooms and living areas, including the basement. Test alarms monthly and replace the batteries at least once a year.
Smoke alarms wear out and should be replaced at least every 10 years. Consider upgrading to smart detectors, which connect to Wi-Fi and send alerts to your smartphone when an alarm goes off or when batteries need to be replaced.
Check Your Appliances and Wiring
- Electrical wiring may become frayed over time or damaged by pets or pests. Inspect wiring in living spaces, crawl spaces, basements, and the attic. Contact a licensed professional to replace any faulty wiring.
- Perform routine checks on your home appliances to ensure they’re operating at peak performance.
- Clean your air conditioner and heating unit regularly.
- Have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year.
- Use a screen to prevent embers from flying out when your fireplace is in use. Keep your stove and oven free of built-up grease, and regularly clean the vent hood.
- Clean your dryer lint trap after each use and keep the outside vent clean and clear of any obstacles.
Practice Kitchen & Electrical Safety
Do not leave cooking unattended. Keep cooking areas clear of flammable items, including oven mitts, pot holders, and kitchen towels. In addition, turn pot handles so they cannot be bumped or grabbed by small children. Remember to always turn off the oven and stove when finished cooking.
If an electrical appliance or device smokes or has an unusual smell, unplug it immediately. Plug only one electrical cord into a receptacle, replace any frayed or damaged cords, and avoid running cords under carpets. Lastly, use flashlights in the event of a power outage instead of candles and never leave a candle unattended.
Create a Fire Safety Plan
Gather all family members to discuss and create a fire safety and evacuation plan, also known as EDITH – Exit Drills In The Home. In the event of a fire, reaction time is vital. Visit the National Fire Protection Agency for even more fire safety information.
Kris Konstruction’s Fire & Flood Restoration Team
If your home has suffered fire damage, you need to act quickly to repair, rebuild, and restore your property. Kris Konstruction has served the local community with fire restoration services since 1990.
Fire can damage your home or business in several ways. There is smoke damage and soot to clean up, as well as water damage from the fire suppression process. Our team will remove visible signs of soot, smoke, and water damage and completely restore your property.
Our process entails:
- Inspecting your property
- Assessing the damage
- Securing your property
- Remediating affected areas
- Promptly cleaning, restoring, repairing, or rebuilding your property to like-new condition
If your home catches fire, call 911 immediately. Then, call Kris Konstruction at 410-592-3935 for help.
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