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Fire Safety

Preventing a fire is not something you can guarantee…but, you can minimize your risk by taking some simple steps. And in case of the worst case scenario – everyone living with you needs to know what to do in case a fire breaks out in your home.

How long has it been since you checked the batteries in your smoke alarm? Try to do it when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.

How long has it been since you checked the batteries in your smoke alarm? Try to do it when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.

Fire Safety Tips

Never Underestimate a Fire

It's better to be safe than sorry. Know the basics of fire safety so that you'll sleep each night with peace.

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Know the basics of fire safety so that you’ll sleep each night with peace.

While a chimney can look like all fun and games, there are some serious maintenance tasks that must be done to keep the unit running safely and efficiently. This includes an annual chimney sweep and inspection. To schedule your appointment contact Top Hat Outdoor Living. There are also some basic fire safety tips that you should know if you plan to be around a fire. First, you need to make sure that the fire you’re building is safe. When you go out to collect your wood make sure you know the difference in what kind is good and bad. Using bad wood can cause more smoke and leads to more particles that create creosotes.

Basic Fire Safety

Once you have the fire ready and burning you should know how to behave around it, especially children. Always make sure that youngsters and pets are always supervised. Also, if you are hesitant in knowing if something is flammable or not, keep it away from the fire. However the fireplace is not the only spot in your home where a fire can start. Electrical fires are a common danger to households. Make sure that you are using all of your appliances correctly as directed in the manual and always turning them off when not in use. Lastly, do not overload the outlet with too many plug-ins.

Plan for the Worst

Everyone can try to prevent a fire but even in the worse situations accidents can happen. First, make sure you have at least one smoke alarm in the home. It is wise to add more if there are multiple levels or a large floor plan. Sprinklers are also a great addition to the home and are inexpensive. In the event that your home does catch fire, you need to have a complete escape plan. This plan should include a meeting place far enough from the property incase the flames being to spread. If you have children or elderly in your home, it is not a bad idea to practice routine drills to make sure everyone is still able to use their method to escape the home. Every room should have two escape routes incase one is blocked. No one likes to think about this tragic situation but it never hurts to be too prepared for your family’s safety.