According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), every 24 seconds, a fire department in the United States responds to a fire somewhere in the nation. Developing a home fire safety checklist helps to reduce your risk of a fire.
Home fire safety checklist:
- Have a fire escape plan and practice the steps. See the video below!
- Replace batteries in each smoke detector in the house and test them.
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years or as needed.
- Check your fire extinguisher for corrosion, missing pull-pins and changes in the pressure gauge. When it’s in good condition, leave it in an easy to find location.
- Don’t overload an electrical outlet – go easy on your surge protectors.
- Practice electrical cord safety: no frays or tears.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Before starting a fire in your fireplace, have your chimney inspected.
- Turn off the oven before leaving the house.
- Never use a generator indoors.
- Take extreme care when using space heaters.
VIDEO: Making your home fire escape plan.
If a fire does happen in your home, the first priority is to get out and stay safe. Once the fire is out, call your local fire and smoke damage restoration professionals at ServiceMaster of Bethlehem. Our team is trained to provide guidance on which possessions can be saved, cleaned, and returned to you. Restoring peace of mind for over 30 years. Call us at 1-800-253-7366.