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Fire Safety Tips for Your Home


It’s National Fire Safety Week! Did you know that more than 3,400 Americans die each year and almost 17,500 are injured as a result of fires?

An overwhelming number of these fires occur in the home. Fortunately, with a bit of preparation, fires in the home are preventable. Here are some tips to keep your home and family safe:

– Be sure there is at least one smoke detector on each floor of your home. Test them monthly, and change the battery annually or as needed.

– Keep a fire extinguisher accessible and familiarize yourself and family members on how to use it in case of an emergency.

– Check your electrical outlets for potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Be careful not to overload electrical outlets, fuse boxes, extension cords or other power sources.

– Have your furnace cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified technician.

– Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. Remove all lint, dust, and pieces of material.

– Have your chimney cleaned and maintained annually by a professional.

– Keep flammable materials, including all lawn and power equipment, away from water heaters and wiring in the basement or other storage areas.

Using these tips will help keep you and your family safe from potential fire hazards!