If you look around online, you can find tips to do just about anything. If you want to know how to put on makeup or if you want to know what the top ten tv shows are, just search online and you’ll be able to find out. Some lists are just for fun and some are just plain silly. But some lists are very important. If you own a home with a fireplace and you’re concerned about keeping your family safe, you’ll want to read these ten tips for fire safety.
- Check out your fireplace room. Make sure that there are no flammable items near the fireplace. If you use a space heater, make sure that it is clear of all flammable items and that it isn’t too close to furniture. Remember: space heaters need space.
- Install smoke detectors. There should be smoke detectors installed in every bedroom, in the hall outside of bedrooms, and on every floor of your home, as well as in the room that your fireplace is located. Check the batteries regularly, and change them every six months.
- Make an escape plan. Make sure that every family member is aware of the escape plan from every room, and make sure that all family members know where to meet outside of the house if a fire occurs.
- Don’t use flammable liquids to start your fire.
- Install a chimney cap to keep blockages to a minimum. Blockages can easily catch a spark or ember from your fire, and a chimney cap can stop dried twigs, leaves, or other debris from blowing into your chimney and forming blockages.
- Handle lighters and matches with care. It’s important to treat these as fire-starting tools, not playthings. Do not let children play with matches or lighters.
- Understand the warning signs. If you see any of the following signs, leave your house and call in emergency help: large amounts of smoke from the fireplace entering the living room, flames coming from the chimney, or a loud crackling or popping noise coming from the chimney.
- While cooking, make sure that pots and pans are back far enough to avoid falling and causing burns. Practice kitchen safety measures. If a skin burn does occur, cool it down under cold running water for 10 or 15 minutes. Seek medical attention If the area blisters or appears charred.
- If your clothing catches fire, remember to stop, drop, and roll to extinguish the flames. Crawl under the smoke line to avoid smoke inhalation if a room is filled with smoke, get on your hands and knees.
- Have your fireplace and chimney cleaned and inspected on an annual basis by a CSIA certified chimney sweep company.
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