This weekend, when you’re spending time at home planning what to do on (another) bright, sunny day, try and take a little time to ensure your home is safe and secure for your whole family – like checking the fire safety equipment.
Have you made sure your smoke alarms have fresh batteries recently? What about your fire extinguishers, are they past their expiration date?
These are all small jobs that only take a matter of seconds, but can give you those extra vital minutes should the worst happen.
In order to help you out, here are just a couple of helpful reminders, so you can be sure your home and family are prepared as best they can be in the event of a fire.
1. Check Smoke Alarms
Go around the house testing and replacing the batteries in your smoke alarms. There should be smoke alarms on every level of your home, including any basement or loft conversion. You should also have smoke alarms installed inside and outside of sleeping areas, the kitchen, laundry room and main living area of the home. It may seem extreme but if the worst should happen you want as much notice as possible for you and your family to get out of the house.
2. Examine Fire Extinguishers
Did you know that your fire extinguisher may have an expiration date? So it’s vital if you have one in your home you check this date regularly. The fire extinguisher you need is also dependent on the type of fire that is likely to occur in that part of the house, so you need to ensure you have the correct extinguisher in the right place of the house.
3. Plan an Escape Route
Practice your escape plan with your family because should the worst happen you want your kids to be well versed in what to do to get out of the house. Practice things like crawling to safety in the dark or get them to help you create a map showing how to get out of the house as quickly as possible.
4. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Don’t forget about Carbon Monoxide Detectors, which also need to be tested and have the batteries replaced. Remember, carbon monoxide detectors should be located on all levels of the home including main living areas, near or in sleeping areas and the top of the basement stairs.
5. Protect Your Valuables
Last but not least…keep your precious belongings secured and safe! Should the worst happen you want your family to focus on getting out to safety, not running back to get things. Documents like insurance papers, social security car and tax documentation can be real headache to recover, especially when you’re trying to get your family back on their feet. As can family heirlooms, photos and precious memories that can be a real comfort when everything else is lost. So make sure you’re prepared to begin again by keeping your important documents and valuables in a fire resistant safe.
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