October is National Fire Prevention Month, with Fire Prevention Week being October 4-10. Below are some safety tips that homeowners should know to keep themselves and their families safe. Smoke Alarms: An estimated 3 out of 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in which no smoke alarms were present or did not operate.
- Alarms should be inside and outside each bedroom or sleeping area. They should be installed in every level of the home, including basements.
- Batteries should be replaced twice a year.
- Smoke alarms should be replaced EVERY 10 years.
- Dryer safety monitors give homeowners a heads up if their vent has buildup of lint and needs to be cleaned. Helps prevent dryer fires while also saving homeowners money.
- Fire Escape Ladder allows for fast exit from any window. Ladders come in a variety of lengths to accommodate different story homes.
- Household Fire Extinguishers are generally used to put out or control small fires before they become dangerous. For chimney fires, Chimfex Chimney Fire Extinguisher can suppress a chimney fire in an average time of 22 seconds.
- At least ONCE a year homeowners should have their vent pipe cleaned by a professional. Failure to keep vents clean is the leading cause of clothes dryer fires.