There is so much joy that comes with being a homeowner. Home ownership means you pick your favorite flowers for the garden outside and paint the walls whatever color you want! Most importantly, homeownership means building great memories with your loved ones in their own place.
There is also so much responsibility that comes with being a homeowner. Home ownership means making sure your lawn is well maintained and keeping your space in good condition through regular maintenance. It also means knowing the safety standards required to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe when you are in your home. National Fire Prevention Week is the perfect time to review fire safety standards and make sure your home is as safe as it can be.
National Fire Prevention Week was established by President Calvin Coolidge in 1925, making it the longest-running public tribute in history! It is observed every year during the week of October 9 to commemorate the great fire of Chicago 1871. This almost century-long tradition is dedicated to recognizing appropriate fire safety standards and educating children, adults and teachers on how best to stay safe in the event of a fire.
Although some fires can not be prevented, there are things you can do to make your home safer! Here is a list of some things we recommend.
Check your fire alarms regularly
Your fire alarms will not do you any good if the batteries run out. Make sure you check them regularly and always replace the batteries if necessary.
Use fire-resistant materials
If you are building a new home or want to make some updates to your current home, you will not believe the wide range of fireproof materials available on the market today. If the option is available to you, try choosing fireproof materials for a little peace of mind.
Clean your dryer
It is simply not enough to clear out your fur trap. Have you cleaned your dryer lately? If not here’s a reminder. We have an entire blog post about the benefits of cleaning out your dryer and you can CLICK HERE to read it.
This may sound silly, but did you know that dead plants and vegetation can be very flammable? This is why maintaining your lawn and removing dead plants can play a big factor in protecting your home. Also, make sure that your gutters are free of dead twigs and leaves.
Fire safety plan
This may be the most important tip of all. Develop a fire safety plan that covers your entire family. Make sure your children and loved ones know about the plan and feel comfortable implementing it if needed. As we said earlier: not all fires can be prevented. Sometimes there will be things that are out of our control, but having a plan in place in the event of an emergency is the best way to keep your loved ones safe.
We are in the industry to see the worst case scenario every day. We know what pain a house fire can cause. Do not let the joy of homeowners cloud you from the responsibilities and safety precautions required to keep you and your loved ones safe. Take this national fire prevention week as an opportunity to return to some of these important tips.