Fire Prevention Week is October 4 – 10, 2015 and this means it’s time to do several things:
- Check your smoke alarm batteries: ¬†Twice a year, Spring and Fall.
- Make sure there is a smoke alarm installed in every bedroom (just inside the door), in hallways and on every level of your home, including the basement.
- Designate a “safe spot” outside and practice going to it (think school fire drills).
- Prepare a folder of important documents (copies, the originals should be in a fire-proof safe or safety deposit box) and store in an easy to reach and find location, so you can grab and go in case of emergency.¬†Include birth certificates, marriage certificate, insurance information, bank information, emergency contacts (landlord, family members), photos of valuables, heirlooms and electronics (include serial numbers), medical records (including prescriptions and any allergy history), etc.The statistics are scary. ¬†Homes without fire alarms at all or without functioning fire alarms are a contributor to 3 out of 5 fire deaths and they are preventable with a simple fire alarm.
Need more information? ¬†Check out¬†firepreventionweek.org or contact your local fire department!