This is national fire prevention week. There was actually a presidential proclamation declaring this week in 2013.
Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires with heating related fires close behind. Here are some tips to help prevent and put out fires:
- Make sure you have a smoke detector in every room of your home, but not in the kitchen
- Unplug appliances when not in use
- Don't use metal in the microwave, beware dinnerware sometimes has metal paint on the trim
- Keep your stove & oven clean and in good repair
- Be extra careful when cooking with oil or grease - be sure you don't over heat or over fill. NEVER pour water on a grease fire, use sand, baking soda or a fire extinguisher.
- Be sure all flammables are kept away from the stove & oven - like pot holders, dish & paper towels
- Around the holiday, if you have a real tree, water daily and keep several feet from heaters.
- Be sure your chimney was cleaned before the start of the heating season
- Have your existing furnace inspected and maintained by a professional regularly
Follow this CHAIN:
CALL 911 for help
HAVE a fire plan in place - arrange meeting place away from the home - and have fire drills
ASK your local fire department for window stickers to alert there are children or elderly in the home
INSPECT your portable fire extinguisher & keep in an easily accessible spot - Every home should have one.
NFPA the National Fire Protection Association has many more tips visit them & make a plan.
We also have more information direct from many of the fire insurance companies we work with. They want to help you prevent fires. Visit us on the web at http://www.tiains.com , stop in to one of our three locations or give us a call for more info or to get a free quote for fire insurance.