The winter months are the most prevalent time for a house fire. Most homes have fire alarms, but there are many things you can do to reduce your risk of a house fire. We've created a short list to help keep you and your loved one's safe this winter!
Test them at least twice throughout the year and replace the batteries every year.
Be Aware of Heat Sources
The two main types of house fires are kitchen and electrical fires. Be aware of the heat sources in your home.
Do not overload power strips or outlets, check to see if they feel overheated.
Make sure exhaust pipes are cleared, especially after a big snowfall.
Portable Heaters and Heated Blankets
Portable heaters should never be left on all day and night, make sure to use a timer if your heater has one. Never leave them plugged in while you are not at home.
Heated blankets should also be used on a timer, if possible.
Have a Plan
Have a fire extinguisher in an easily accessible place and make sure that you and your family know how to use it.
If your home has multiple levels, safety ladders for windows is a great idea. Make sure that you and your family know how to use the ladders in the event that the stairs are not accessible.
Establish a meeting place so you can account for everyone. When firefighters arrive they will need to know if anyone is still in the home. This information helps the fire department determine the best way to extinguish your house fire.
If you have pets, establish who is responsible for getting them out of the house. Have a procedure for how to get them out safely.