Test Your Home’s Smoke Detectors
Swap out old batteries at least once a year. It is really recommended to do this twice a year using our change to and from daylight savings time as a reminder. Smoke inhalation is the leading cause of death during a fire so having properly functioning smoke detectors is a must for your kids’ safety.
Store Hazardous and Poisonous Chemicals Out of Reach
Cleaning solutions, insect repellants, paint and paint solvents are an accident waiting to happen. Make sure you store these types of items up, away, and/or locked up so that younger children can’t reach them. Keep all medications up high and keep the emergency phone number to Poison Control in a prominent location, like on the refrigerator or taped to the inside of a kitchen cabinet.
Fireproof Your Fireplace
Sounds crazy but a fireplace is meant to create and retain heat and fire. Make sure that no flammable materials such as drapes or cushions are kept or placed near a fireplace. Just because it’s springtime and the fireplace may not be used for some time, now is the time to instill a habit of fireplace safety. Make sure that a suitable screening device is placed over the fireplace and only use wood for tinder to start a fire.
Check For Electrical Hazards
Electrical hazards like frayed wiring or extension cords are a common cause of household fires. Dragon Restoration fire technicians recommend a yearly inspection of all the wiring and outlets in your home. It is much cheaper to replace worn or frayed wiring than it is to deal with the aftermath. Also remember not to overload sockets and surge protectors with too many electronic devices.
Create an Emergency First Aid Kit
Prepare in advance for unexpected disasters, whether they are caused by nature or human error. Make emergency first aid kits and an emergency evacuation plan and then have unannounced drills.