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Fires are Preventable

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to your property, there are certain safety precautions that can be taken to help prevent fires.  Ready.gov shares the following tips on home fire prevention.

Electrical and Appliance Safety

  • Frayed wires can cause fires.  Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
  • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet.  Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to touch and lights that flicker.

Fireplaces and Woodstoves

  • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
  • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.

Fire Prevention Month

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Month October is Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month - a perfect time to examine emergency preparedness plans for your home and business, including your fire escape plan. 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates a week each October to focus on fire prevention awareness.  The 2018 theme is "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere."  This theme hopes to create awareness in the steps necessary to reduce the chance of fire and how to react in the event a fire does happen.  The NFPA states the following:

  • "LOOK" for places fires could start.  Take a good look around your home.  Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
  • "LISTEN" for the sound of the smoke alarm.  You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds.  Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
  • "LEARN" two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

Stay safe and prepare now to help ensure you are ready for any disaster.

Smoke Alarms: Life Savers

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarms: Life Savers Have you tested your smoke alarms recently?

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement.  In the office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button.  Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years.  Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years.  If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately.  Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm.  Almost half of fires were smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).

Fire Prevention Month in Grand Traverse Area

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Month in Grand Traverse Area Have you checked your smoke alarm batteries recently?!

October is Fire Prevention Month, and a perfect time to examine emergency preparedness plans for your home an business.  The 2016 theme for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is "Don't Wait - Check the Date!  Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years."  According to the NFPA in 2014 fires caused 2,745 deaths, 11,825 injuries and $6.8 billion in property damage.  Roughly half of home fire deaths occur in fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.  Smoke alarms save lives!  In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!  When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead.  Check your smoke alarms today to ensure your safety!