It’s summer and lots of us are taking some time off and relaxing. Take half a day this weekend or soon and make sure you’ve got these home safety things in order:
1. Check your smoke detectors.
According to FEMA, “Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States, with direct property loss due to home fires estimated at $7.3 billion annually.” Having working smoke detectors can help you prevent the loss of life and property by giving you that early warning. Some home security systems come built in with a fire alarm system, which will ensure prompt emergency response.
2. Make your emergency plan.
First off, get with the rest of the family or members of your household and review what to do in the event of a fire or other disaster. This includes how to safely exit your house or what to do if you aren’t in the same location. Identify a safe place to meet in the event you aren’t together.
Tip: Make sure your home’s address is very easily readable and visible from the street in case firefighters or emergency services have to come calling.
Learn more about making a family emergency plan.
3. Eliminate any wiring problems in your home.
The US Fire Administration reports that “Electrical fires in our homes claim the lives of 280 Americans each year and injure 1,000 more. Some of these fires are caused by electrical system failures, but many more are caused by incorrectly installed wiring and overloaded circuits and extension cords.” If your fuse box blows often or outlets are hot to the touch, call us immediately.
Call us for same-day service, 502.636.HELP (4357).