Feels like summer these days in Denver, right? Ok ok, I know, we go from having a straight up blizzard to a few days later temperatures reaching the 60’s. or even 70's, Ah good old Colorado, the weather is something we can always talks about because it is never boring and never the same. It can be hard sometimes with the ever-changing weather to keep up on house repairs and house essentials. But one thing that is important to keep updated no matter the weather or the season is fire safety upkeep around your home or place of business.
Currently, I am working on becoming a volunteer firefighter and have learned a lot about fires in the home and the best ways to prevent them. Some facts about fires in residential homes:
· Every year, approximately 4,000 people die from fire related deaths and over 18,000 people are injured. Having fire alarms and practicing fire safety could have prevented most of these fires.
· Most fires actually start in the kitchen with cooking being the leading cause of home injuries due to fire.
· Having a working fire alarm cuts your chance of not making it in a house fire by half.
Below are some fire safety tips and suggestions:
· Replace smoke detector batteries every six months
- Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
- Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach
- Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
· It's recommend to replace smoke detectors every 10 years
· Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors see Kidde.com for recommendations
· Have a fire extinguishers close by
· Don’t leave candles burning unattended or have them close to flammable materials
· Have your wood burning fireplace cleaned and swept every two years and your gas fireplace every five years or as recommended depending on your use. http://www.csia.org/about-csia/faq.aspx
Another thing to talk with your family about is a fire escape plan for your household and what they are to do if there is a fire. It is always better to be prepared so that if it should happen to you, you and your family will know what to do and how to be safe. To check out more advice about fire safety, check out the Denver Government’s website below:
Keep you and your family fire safe!