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5 Ways to Practice Fire Safety

Category: DIY Tips

October is Fire Safety Month and with that we definitely want to make sure our customers and followers are in the know on how to practice fire safety. There are a lot of “common sense” tips, but there are also some that can seem complicated, such as operating a fire extinguisher or mapping out an emergency fire escape plan for your home.

We compiled some of the best tips, tricks, and facts into one to make it easy for you to check your knowledge on fire safety and also make sure you’re safe this awareness month and always.

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1. Learn to properly use a fire extinguisher.

Most extinguishers have only about 8 seconds’ worth of fire-fighting power.

Buy a fire extinguisher today to keep in your home; see what we have in stock here.

Remember this acronym to properly operate a fire extinguisher:

PASS

P = Pull the pin.
A = Aim the nozzle at the base of the flames.
S = Squeeze the trigger.
S = Sweep the spray from side to side.

 

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2. Install smoke alarms. 

Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, plus inside and outside of bedrooms. Test smoke them monthly and change batteries at least once per year.

Did you know: You only have about 3 minutes to escape a home that is fully on fire? Proper smoke alarm installation can truly save lives!

You can buy smoke alarms from BRBS — check out our selection here!

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3. Be safe in your kitchen. 

Cooking fires are the leading cause of house fires with an estimated 150,000+ occurrences per year in the US.

How to prevent kitchen fires:

– Always pay attention; don’t leave anything heated or burning unattended.
– Always turn off the stove when you leave the room.
– Keep flammable items away from the stove-top.
– Keep a lid handy to smother flames.

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4.  Check your clothes dryer regularly.

Your clothes dryer is a breeding ground for a house fire. 72% of dryer fires are caused by lack of cleaning, and 42% are caused by operational deficiency. It’s important to keep up with maintenance and regular checks of lint traps.

How to prevent dryer fires:

– Keep up with dryer maintenance and vent cleanings.
– Always empty your lint trap after every use.
– Consider replacing your flexible foil or plastic dryer hose with a semi-rigid metal one to combat the possibility of fire.

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5. Map out a good fire escape plan for your family’s home.

As we mentioned above, you only have about 3 minutes to escape a fully fire-engulfed house so having a set plan that all of you are aware of can save your lives. Practice your escape plan a few times per year to ensure everyone remembers.

On your physical map, mark all exits, even potential exits such as windows, and locations of smoke alarms. Practice the drill as if it were actually happening to ensure everyone takes it seriously. If you ever have to go through your escape plan for real, make sure your family has a meeting spot such as a neighbors house or a place across the street and safely away from your burning home.

You can download a free home escape plan from the NFPA here and read more fire safety tips to help get you started on creating a plan.

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