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October is fire safety month

October is fire safety month, which makes it the perfect time to review or make a plan for what you and your family should do in case there is a fire at your home.[...]

October is fire safety month, which makes it the perfect time to review or make a plan for what you and your family should do in case there is a fire at your home.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), house fires are most commonly caused by cooking, campfires and smoking. The fire department recommends a smoke detector be installed in all hallways and bedrooms in your home to keep you safe. Smoke detectors should also be tested often as they could save your life.

I would encourage every household to make a plan in case a fire occurs. Choose a place for your family to meet if you need to evacuate due to a fire, where you can gather, and make sure that each person got out safe.

It’s also a good idea to run fire drills periodically. This is especially important if you have young children so they know what to do when they hear a fire alarm. Sometimes kids instinctively hide instead of evacuating. It’s important that they know how to act and where to go when a scary situation occurs. There are many resources designed especially for children on the NFPA website. Below is a suggested calendar to follow for fire safety month to help protect your family.

  • Week 1: Inspect your home for fire sensors to be sure you have enough. If more are needed – install them. Choose ones that are UL certified.
  • Week 2: Test your smoke detectors. Replace batteries if needed. Also examine the areas in which you are cooking, and make sure there aren’t loose papers around that could catch on fire. Make sure if you have a campfire ring that it is far enough away from your home.
  • Week 3: Choose a place for your family to meet if you need to evacuate you home due to a fire, and talk to your family about it. Take special care to make sure children understand your plan, and feel comfortable with it.
  • Week 4: Complete a few test drills to make sure everyone knows the plan.

Also, be aware that the dry conditions in Minnesota have caused burning restrictions for our area, and most of the state is in high fire danger right now. Keep up to date on the latest fire warnings and burning restrictions through the DNR website. To help protect you and your home from fire damage, WH Security provides smoke and fire sensors that are connected to your home security system. Because these sensors are monitored, you’ll know if a fire occurs at your home whether you’re there to hear the alarm or not. These sensors are designed to detect the presence of smoke and/or a significant increase in temperature. If either of these situations occur, the alarm will go off immediately, and at the same time, dispatchers will be contacted who can notify you and the fire department of the situation. Additionally, an audible siren – similar to a traditional smoke alarm – will alert anyone in the home of the potential threat, similar to the way your traditional smoke alarms do.

Smoke and fire sensors can be added onto most home security systems, and do not increase WH Security’s monthly monitoring cost. They’re a small investment that can protect you, your home and valuables from a potentially devastating fire. They are a direct link to the fire department and protect you when you are home, and when you are not.

Take this opportunity to create your plan for fire safety, and keep your family, home and possessions safe.