Fire Prevention Month
Starting in 1922, October has been dedicated to fire safety and in 1925, it became a national observance by President Calvin Coolidge (Source). The goal of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is to educate the public about fire prevention, how to take precautions, and what to do in case of a fire. Below are a few fire safety tips from us at Wilde East Towne Honda that should be routinely practiced.
Fire Safety Tips
- Smoke Alarms: A smoke alarm should be installed on every level of your home and should be tested monthly. It’s also a good reminder to change the batteries every time you change your clocks during daylight savings.
- Keep Plugs Safe: Don’t overload circuits or extension cords. If an appliance is not being used, unplug it. Make sure all outlets are up-to-date and are a three-pronged. If a plug is overheating, smells, shorts out or sparks, stop using it and replace it immediately.
- Heaters and Chimneys: Keep ample space around any portable heating unit. Items that could catch fire, such as curtains or furniture should be at least three feet away. Also, inspect your chimney at least once a year and use fire screens on your fireplace.
- Fire Safety Sprinklers: Fire sprinklers that are linked with working smoke alarms can greatly increase your chance of surviving a fire. Sprinkler systems are affordable and could give you extra piece of mind.
- Escape Route: A fire can happen in any room of your house. It’s important to have a plan for every room in your house as well as a meeting place. You should practice the escape route by staying low to the floor and checking for hot doors using the back of your hand.
- Position Appliances Carefully: Just like heating units, appliances can have wiring problems and cause a fire. If there is a wiring problem, curtains can spread a fire quickly. Additionally, if the windows let rain or other types of water in, it can damage wires that can lead to a fire.
- Clean Dryer Vents: Every time you use your dryer, clean the lint filter. Cleaning the lint out will not only make your dryer safer, but it will also dry your clothes better. Also, it’s a good practice to clean the exhaust duct and lint build up behind the dryer at least twice a year.
- Conduct Regular Inspections: The most important prevention is checking all your electronic equipment and wiring at least once a month. Checking all electronics can often greatly reduce the chance of a fire.
For more information about fire safety, please visit the City of Madison Fire Department website here: www.cityofmadison.com/fire/your-safety