Safety officials throughout the country are using October to promote home fire safety in advance of the winter season. As part of Fire Prevention Week, according to the National Safety Council (NSC), fire-safety advocates are participating in events nationwide.
While South Florida doesn’t deal with the cold of our friends in the north, fire hazards are real, particularly when candles, space heaters and fireplaces are used indoors. Holiday lights may also increase the risk of fire. Landlords, in particular must ensure their buildings meet fire codes and are free from known hazards. Failure to take this obligation seriously can result in serious injury or death to tenants.
Just last year, there were more than 3,000 deaths related to fires in the United States. Many of these fires could have been prevented had residents taken the time to ensure the proper safety precautions were in place to reduce these risks. These precautions only take a few minutes. Make the time to look through your home to potentially save lives and prevent a fire.
Our Boca Raton personal injury lawyers understand that smoke alarms are important in detecting fires. But there’s more that needs to be done to protect your family from a household fire. You need to make sure that these devices are working correctly, that they’re placed in the right areas and that your family is ready to react should an accident happen. We are here with officials from the NSC to offer you a few simple safety tips and precautionary steps that could help to reduce the risks for one of these unfortunate accidents.
Fire Safety Tips:
-Create a checklist. Identify the fire risks in your home and make changes to completely eliminate them.
-Be sure that you test your smoke alarms and your monoxide detectors at least once a month. You also want to make sure they’ve got a fresh pair of batteries at least once a year.
-Make sure that each bedroom in your home has a fire alarm. It’s also a good idea to make sure that each floor has one, too.
-You want to make sure that each area in the home can hear a fire alarm should one ever go off.
-Make sure that your family has, and understands, a fire escape plan. Practice this escape plan at least once a month.
-Make sure that there are fire extinguishers placed throughout your home. You also want to be sure that everyone in the home knows how to properly use them.
-While cooking, you never want to leave food on the stove unattended.
-Know the number to your local fire department and make sure that the number is displayed clearly in your home.
-Consider rounding up the family and attending events that are offered by the local fire department.
The truth of the matter is that a fire can engulf your home in a matter of minutes. During these fires, temperatures can easily reach 1,500 degrees. When this happens, carbon monoxide is let out into the air. When this gas is inhaled, sudden unconsciousness and even death are not unlikely. Make sure your household is ready for the worst and do your best to eliminate the risks for it. Establish a fire safety plan in your home today!