October is National Fire Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of fire safety and prevention. Here are some tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe:
- Check your smoke alarms: Make sure that you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside of sleeping areas. Test them monthly and replace the batteries at least once a year.
- Create a fire escape plan: Make sure that everyone in your household knows what to do in case of a fire. Practice your escape plan regularly and have a designated meeting spot a safe distance from your home.
- Be careful with candles: Never leave candles unattended. Keep them away from anything that could catch fire, such as curtains or other flammable materials. Use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t tip over easily.
- Keep your kitchen safe: Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, so it’s important to be careful in the kitchen. Never leave food cooking unattended, keep flammable materials away from the stove, and make sure that you have a fire extinguisher nearby.
- Stay warm safely: If you use a space heater, make sure that it’s at least three feet away from anything that could catch fire. Don’t leave it unattended; never use an extension cord with a space heater.
Remember, fire prevention is everyone’s responsibility. Take these steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangers of fire.