Oftentimes, injuries and accidents happen through no fault of our own, and there isn’t much we can do about these. However, there are some steps we can take to make sure our homes and families are as safe and secure as possible. That’s why October has been designated Fire Prevention Month. It gives us all a chance to make sure our homes are safe and we know what to do in case there is a fire. Read on for some important tips!
Fire safety tips
Fire can cause incredible losses, of beloved belongings, homes, and, of course, lives. To protect your family from fire there are some simple steps you can take:
1. Install smoke alarms in every bedroom and on every level of your house. Make sure you have one in the kitchen and in the garage.
2. Test your smoke alarms every month.
3. Have a fire extinguisher on every level of the house, plus the kitchen and garage, and make sure you know how to use it!
4. Never leave lit candles or cooking food unattended (in fact, it is better to avoid lighting candles at all).
5. Extension cords shouldn’t be used for the long-term. Plug appliances directly into the wall outlet, not an extension cord.
6. Never leave a space heater or lit fireplace unattended. Keep anything that might be flammable at least 3 feet away.
7. Make sure you have a family fire escape plan. Make sure your kids know how to get out of the house safely if a fire breaks out in the middle of the night. Kids should know two paths out of a room and there should be a designated meeting place outside for everyone to gather in case of a fire. Kids should also learn that once they are outside of the house they should stay out and never go back in. Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
When it comes to your family, you want to do everything you can to keep them safe. However, sometimes things happen that we have no control over. If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, call Patrick D. Troxler, Esq., at 301-709-7195 for a free initial consultation.