Autumn is in full force and winter is slowly approaching. People light pumpkin spice candles, turn on the heat and decorate for upcoming holidays (I owe on all accounts). And with the colder temperatures, people will stay much more indoors. All of these measures actually affect the higher number of structural fires in the fall and winter, so let's talk about fire safety. The fire protection week is 4-10 October and it is a fantastic time to visit some basic tips and methods for fire safety.
- Boil with caution: This is actually the focus of Fire Prevention Week this year. Young students in schools across the country will see the dog Sparky and hear their slogan from 2020, "Serve fire safety in the kitchen", because unattended cooking is the main cause of home fires! Do not deviate too far from the kitchen when cooking. It's easy to get distracted while something is swimming on the stove or baking in the oven, but try to use a timer as a good reminder of something that is cooking. Also remember to keep at least a radius of three meters around the stove as a "child-free zone" to prevent accidental shocks from hot pots and pans.
- Heating the home: It reached 68 degrees in my home in Ohio yesterday, and I asked my husband if we could turn on the heat. He's a good and smart man, so he did. When the heat is on in your house, be sure to keep everything that can be burned away from heating equipment, such as fireplaces, wood burning stoves and heaters. We have baseboard heating in our house, so we must also be careful that pillows, blankets, curtains and other flammable materials stay away from heaters. Also have your heating equipment inspected annually by professionals to prevent system failures that could cause a fire.
- Safety equipment: Speaking of equipment, a large part of fire safety and prevention ensures that all equipment works properly. It is a good idea to test all smoke alarms every month, replace batteries annually and replace the old alarms with newer models after 10 years. If there is someone in the household who is hearing impaired, there are smoke alarms that have lights that visually warn them of a fire. Also have a working fire extinguisher that is visible, unlimited and in the designated place. also be very dangerous. Store candles in a stable holder so that they do not tip over easily, whether they are sitting in a jack-o-lantern, on the kitchen table or used as a light source in the event of a power failure. Keep hair and clothes away from the candle when you light it and do not burn a candle until the end.
- Electrical outlet: The autumn and winter season is a time when most people start decorating their homes. A safety tip to remember when it comes to decorations is not to connect too much to an extension cord or safety strip. Large appliances must always be connected directly to a wall socket. Make sure that electrical cables do not run under carpets or in front of doorways as they can also be a potential risk for travel.
Autumn and winter are beautiful seasons filled with holidays, good food and cozy nights with the family. Don't let a fire stop you from spending this season with your family. For more tips and fire prevention information, check out this info-graphic website and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). I hope you try to use some of these fire prevention tips in your household. After all, the best protection against fire is prevention.
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