Fire Prevention XVIII
It’s quite natural to think of your home as the safest place you can be. After all, that is where you escape the cares of the world and the pressures of work. However, many serious accidents happen at home.
Fortunately, there is much you can do to improve the safety in your home. Start by following this home safety checklist:
- Is your home protected by these safety devices: Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters on electrical outlets in the bathroom and basement?
- Is all wiring in good condition? Is wiring adequate for the electrical appliances used in the house?
- Are chimneys for wood-burning stoves and fireplaces cleaned yearly?
- Are any flammable liquids such as gasoline and paint thinner stored in approved covered containers, in well ventilated areas? Are they kept far away from sources of ignition?
- Are the handles of pots and pans always turned toward the center of the stove, not the edge of the stove where they can be reached by children or accidentally contacted by someone passing by?
- Are electrical outlets covered by child-proof plugs?
- Do you hold regular family fire drills? Does each member of the family know how to escape from his or her bedroom and where to meet outside?
If you find hazards while you are inspecting your home, correct them now. Make a regular safety review a part of your family’s routine!