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Autumn Fire Safety

Oct 30, 2014 11:05AM ● Published by City of Taylorsville

 Do a Smoke Alarm Audit

Do an audit of your home’s smoke alarms. Check placement: Smoke rises, so smoke alarms should be located on a ceiling or high on a wall. Alarms mounted on the ceiling should be at least four inches away from the nearest wall, and those mounted on walls should be four to twelve inches down from the ceiling. Test your alarms and be sure that they can be heard in bedrooms even when the doors are closed. If not, install smoke alarms in the bedrooms. Make sure that your kids know what the alarms sounds like.  Replace alarms that are older than eight years.  

 Make Extinguishers Handy

Be sure that you have at least one or more UL listed fire extinguishers in your home.  An ABC-type extinguisher is a good all-purpose choice for fires in the home.  Check the gauge located on the extinguisher to see if it needs to be replaced or recharged.  Be sure that the fire extinguisher is in an easily accessible location.  Remember that fire extinguishers are not designed to fight large or spreading fires.  Your number-one priority is to have an escape plan and to get out safely.  If the fire is small and contained and the room is not filled with smoke, get everyone out and call the fire department; then you may use the fire extinguisher to control the fire.  

Talk Prevention with Your Kids

Talk to your kids about how THEY can prevent fires.  Children under age five are especially curious about fire and need to start learning about the tremendous danger.  Take the mystery out of fire and make sure that your kids know the following safety tips:

• Never play with matches, lighters or candles.
• Never play with electrical cords and never put foreign objects in an electrical socket.  
• Blankets and clothes should never be thrown on top of lamps.
• Don’t turn up a heater without getting a grown-up's permission.
• If your clothes catch on fire, Stop Drop, Roll and cover your face.

Avoid Overloading Sockets and Cords

Do a walk-through of your home.  If you see sockets with too many cords plugged in or even too many extension cords around the house, it may be time to have extra outlets installed by a professional.  Always pay attention to the acceptable wattage for cords and lamps.  Look for extension cords that are “tacked up” or run under a rug as these could be a real fire hazard for kids and adults.  

*Facts taken from nfpa.org
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