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“I can’t take that beeping noise!!”

This is probably the #1 answer you get when you ask people why they don’t they have a smoke detector. Clearly, this is not a valid excuse. When you change the battery in your smoke detector, and it still beeps, it’s time for a new unit. A smoke detector typically has an internal battery that beeps when the unit has expired, even after you put in new batteries.

FIRE SAFETY TIPS

Roughly 3 out 5 fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms or alarms that are not working.

The following 5 fire safety measures should be incorporated in every household:

 1  Plan ahead!! If a fire breaks out in your home, you may only have a few minutes to get out safely. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire. Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all exits and doors. Have fire drills during the day and at night. Remember to close doors behind you as you leave. Practice using different ways out. Practice fire drills in the home at least twice a year. Teach your children how to escape in case you are not home and cannot help them.

2   Install smoke detectors inside and outside of every bedroom, on each floor of your home, and in the basement. It is recommended to check all smoke detectors when you change your clocks.

 3   All smoke detectors over 10 years old should be
changed immediately.

4   Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be installed 10 feet away from the stove.

5  Keep a fire extinguisher on each floor of the home. In a larger home, it’s advisable to install more than one on each floor.

SAFETY MEASURES FOR HEAT
PRODUCING APPLIANCES 

 If you have young children in the home there should be a
three-foot ‘kids-freezone’ around the hot appliance.

Only plug one heat-producing appliance – such as a hot plate, toaster, space heater, coffee maker and so on – into an outlet.  Any outlet used for such an item must be GFI, or, even better, an
AFCI outlet.

Extension cords are not recommended, but if you use an extension cord, it must be industrial strength.

It is important to remember that if you ever smell burning, or see brown discoloration on your outlets, you need to unplug the device and call an electrician immediately.