A fire is one of the greatest homeowner fears. Not only could you lose your home and valuables but, more importantly, your family could be at risk! To put your mind at ease, and protect your home from potential fires, follow these simple tips.
- Change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors every six months.
- Always turn car engines off when pumping gas.
- Give space heaters their space – at least three feet from anything flammable – and turn space heaters off before bed.
- To extinguish charcoal grill fires, close the lid and vents and if the fire persists, douse the grill with water from a distance. Remember: never use a charcoal grill indoors.
- Keep charged fire extinguishers handy in the home and in vehicles.
- Use baking soda instead of water on grease fires.
- Program ICE (In Case of Emergency) in cell phones for EMS, police and fire contacts.
- Long grilling utensils are best to avoid burns.
- If an appliance smokes or smells, unplug it immediately and have the appliance repaired or replaced.
- Store matches and lighters safely out of kids’ reach.