Real Estate Tips: Fire Safety Month- Are You Prepared?

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October is Fire Safety Month!!!

    These simple tips could prevent a home fire  
  • Change your smoke detector batteries at least once a year. A good rule of thumb when you set your clocks back in the fall, change your batteries. Check to make sure the alarm works after replacing the batteries by pushing the test button.
  •  Vacuum your smoke detectors at least once a month.
  • Keep a flashlight by your bed and check it at least once a month to make sure it is working properly. Also keep one near your child’s bed  and check that one as well.
  •  Check your fire extinguisher annually if you do not have one you can get them for less than $30.00. You will want an all-purpose one and make sure it has classes A, B & C listed on it. They do expire after a time so when it gets close to the expiration date you will need to toss it and get a new one. You want to have at least 2 available one in the kitchen is essential!
  •  Create at least 2 escape routes and practice them with your family. If you have a multi-story home you want to get a portable ladder. Children get confused during fires and can get disoriented from the smoke so you want to practice with them.
  Statistics  
  • Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires causing 36% of home fires in the US during the months of December through February.
  •  Kitchen fires comprise 34% of home fires
  •  74% of reported home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms
  •  Children age 5 and under and the elderly are the most likely to die from home fire
   Fireplaces & Space Heaters          
  • If your home has a fireplace you want to have it inspected and cleaned annually by a licensed professional. This can cost you around $175-$200 for a cleaning and inspection.
  •  If you use a portable heater – it must be at least 36 inches away from ANYTHING that can burn. If it is an electric space heater check it when you bring it out in the winter for fraying or splitting wires. If the wires are damaged toss the unit and get a new one.
   Dryers and Dryer Vents  
  • Check your dryer vent at least once every 3 months and remove built up lint
  •  Clean lint from the lint filter every time you use your dryer
  •  If you have a plastic dryer hose replace it with a flexible metal one
  •  Do not use your dryer when you are not at home
 

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