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How To Keep Your Home Safe From Fire

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Man Installing Smoke Or Carbon Monoxide Detector Maintain and inspect smoke detector.

Fire Preparation Measures

Discovering a fire in your Midway, WI, home could be one of the scariest things you ever experience. Nothing is guaranteed, but there are fire preparation measures you can take that go a long way in helping prevent a home fire.

1. Use Caution With Home Heating
Never use space heaters unattended and unplug them when they're not in use. Make sure that space heaters have an automatic shutoff for overheating or tipping over events. Keep anything flammable at least three feet from any sources of heat or flames.

2. Be Careful With Open Flames
Never leave candles or other open flames unattended (e.g., when you are out of the room, asleep or away from home). Use sturdy candle holders and keep them out of reach from children and pets and out of high traffic areas. One of the most critical fire safety lessons is never using an open flame where medical oxygen is used, even if the machine is turned off.

3. Maintain and Inspect Smoke Detectors
A critical part of your fire preparation is regularly maintaining and inspecting your fire alarms to ensure they're in good working order. You'll need to replace the batteries at least once a year and replace the units themselves every 10 years. Vacuum or dust off the units a couple of times per year to ensure the sensors are clear of debris.

4. Practice Safe Cooking
Stay in the kitchen to monitor food cooking on the stove, broiling in the oven or cooking in the toaster oven. Prevent hot pots and pans from falling off the stove by turning their handles toward the back of the stove. Fire damage restoration experts will advise you to keep a pot lid and fire extinguisher at hand's reach to snuff out flames if need be.
Avoid a disaster by putting a fire preparation plan together as soon as possible. Then, go over it with your family to make sure everyone knows about fire safety.

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