What do you need to do to make your home fire-safe?
From there, being prepared to act when a fire occurs and having the necessary detectors in good working order to give you a warning will help you rest easier. These home fire safety tips will help ensure you're prepared should a fire ignite.
Because the toxic gases from a fire could keep you from waking up should a fire ignite while you're sleeping, maintaining working smoke detectors for every level of your home is essential for home fire safety.
Fire extinguishers should also be kept on each floor as well as in every bedroom and in any room where a fire could occur, such as the kitchen or a workshop. Check fire extinguishers monthly - it could keep a small mishap from becoming a disaster. Check both the pressure gauge and the date tag.
If the pressure is low or the date is more than two years old, have the extinguisher serviced by licensed personnel recommended by the local fire department. Otherwise, as long as the pin is intact, you're ready to aim should the need arise.
Another home fire safety must-have is a carbon-monoxide detector. This deadly, colorless, odorless gas is becoming a threat in today's energy-efficient, airtight homes. The source of carbon monoxide is usually faulty burning in, or poor venting of, a furnace or another appliance. Your first defense is to maintain these items properly.Carbon monoxide detectors, which resemble smoke alarms, are an essential backup.
And most important, practice fire drills with your family, so everyone knows what to do and where to go in the event a fire breaks out.
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