October is National Fire Prevention month. According to the NFPA U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 358,300 home structure fires per year during 2010-2014, which represents three-quarters of all structure fires. $6.7 billion in direct damage, or 69% of total direct damage in structure fires.
A tragedy can strike at any time. Preparing cannot only save your life but it can help save others.
- Here are some tips that can help you when it comes to fires:
Be sure all of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
- Don’t use candles. Wax with wicks are the most common fire starters among house fires.
- Always have a fire extinguisher in an easy to reach place in the event of an emergency.
- Make sure there is a smoke detector outside of each bedroom.
- Avoid smoking inside your home. If you do smoke inside your home, use a metal canister with sand or water to put out cigarette butts.
- Don’t overload electrical outlets or surge bars.
- Prepare an evacuation plan with your family in the event of a fire. Be sure to have designated escape spots and a backup escape spots in case other spot are blocked from the fire.
- Protecting yourself and your loved ones from fire is important. Preparing now and knowing the basics can help save a life.
If you have questions regarding possible fire damages to your home, please call C.H. Edwards, Inc. today at (516) 249-5200 or visit our website at www.chedwards.net.
When was the last time you inspected your clothes dryer? Failure to do so can pose a safety hazard in your home. Performing a regular maintenance check on your dryer can help promote energy efficiency and keep your dryer running properly for years.
Here are some tips to help maintain your dryer:
- Inspect dryer and dryer vents every two to three years and clear any dirt or lint buildup.
- Replace plastic or vinyl exhaust hoses with rigid or flexible metal venting.
- Clear outdoor vent trap from snow and other debris.
- Clean the dryer filter after each use.
- Dry full loads of laundry and you could save $7 each month!
When it is time to upgrade be sure to visit nationalgridus.com for the latest on rebates for energy efficient appliances.
Having a smoke alarm in your home is more important than you think. House fires kill on average 4,380 individuals every year. Ensuring that your detectors are working properly are vital when it comes to saving you and your family’s lives in the event of a disaster.
The answer to these three questions could save your life:
- Do you have a working smoke alarm with functioning batteries in your home?
If you answered yes, that’s a great start. If you answered no, head to your local home improvement store and pick one up immediately. Sooner is better than never.
- Are they in the right room?
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be placed in hallways, kitchens and living rooms.
- How old are they?
You should change your alarms out every 10 years. If your current alarms are older than 10 years, its time!
If you want to avoid forgetting to change the batteries, you can purchase lithium batteries for $5-$10 dollars and they work for 10 years.
What will be your first step towards a safer home?