5 Fire Safety Tips for Homeowners in Canton, Ohio
Fire Prevention Safety Month is held every October, and commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, and destroyed more than 17,400 buildings. There are many ways that you can PREVENT unsafe conditions that lead to fire, but you should also always know what to do if there is a fire BEFORE THE FIRE HAPPENS!
Stay safe this month and every month by following these 5 safety tips:
- Make Sure Street Numbers Are Visible
In the event of an emergency, firefighters and other first responders need to find your home quickly. It is imperative to make sure that house numbers are at least four inches tall, visible from the street (even at night), and completely unobstructed from all angles. Place numbers near the front door of the house. Use bold numbers, don’t use script letters and reflective works best!
- Practice Fire Drills Regularly
Practice, Practice, Practice your fire drills with your family. Talk to your kids about emergency exits in your home and make an escape plan. Everyone should practice crawling low on hands and knees through the emergency exits and should then proceed to an assigned meeting place outside. Practice at night with the lights off along with doing it during the day.
- Inspect Extension Cords
Over time, extension cords can take a beating, and damaged ones pose a fire and electric shock hazard. Inspect all your cords and discard any that get hot with use, or that have a cord or outlet strip that looks damaged. Make sure cords aren’t being pinched behind or beneath furniture and that the cords you're using are properly rated for the job.
- Help Prevent False Alarms with Your Home Alarm System
You should always call the fire department in the case of an emergency, but false alarms can cost firefighters valuable time and money. Make sure your fire alarm system is installed by a licensed professional, test it monthly, and keep it clean. If you have a fire alarm monitoring service, let them know in advance of any testing or repairs.
- Give Space Heaters Some Space
Space heaters can warm up a room on a cold night, but they pose some serious risks if you’re not careful. Give space heaters at least three feet of clearance on all sides. Never leave a space heater unattended, and always keep children and pets at a safe distance. ?
These safety measures will help your household be prepared in case there is an emergency. If you experience a fire damage, the crews at SERVPRO of South & East Stark County at 330-823-4088 or visit our website: www.SERVPROsoutheaststarkcounty.com.