Thank you First Alert for sponsoring this post. October is Fire Prevention Month! Help ensure your home and family are ready for the unexpected by installing smoke & CO alarms and having fire extinguishers!
Living in Southern California, fire prevention is something that is top of mind every year. So is being prepared in case of a disaster or an emergency. Preparedness starts at home. Since October is Fire Prevention Month, I thought it would be the perfect time to partner with First Alert and chat key safety steps and tips to ensure my family and yours has a safety plan in action.
Follow a Checklist to Fire Prevention
Did you know that 3 out of 5 home fires occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms?
That’s why the first item of business for every family must be to purchase and install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on every level and in every bedroom of your home.
Next, is to check your alarms regularly. This means changing the batteries in your alarms every six months or so.
The First Alarm Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm has a 10-year sealed battery, which eliminates the need for battery replacements and gives you the ultimate piece of mind when it comes to protecting your family.
Make a Safety Plan
A few years back, we created an emergency evacuation bag. It gives me peace of mind that we are prepared with the essentials if we need to escape in a hurry. This month we also have an opportunity to talk through an actionable safety plan in case of a wildfire or other fire emergency.
Did you know that you should make an escape plan for each family member to help them escape from their bedroom in at least two seperate ways?
It’s also important to not forget about creating a safety plan for your pet too. First Alert recommends you review this plan at least twice a year. A good safety plan should have a specific meeting point for each family member, for example at the mailbox or across the street by the stop sign.
Fire Prevention in the Kitchen
Did you know that the number one cause of fires is unattended cooking? Since we’ve all been at home so much and cooking up a storm, this stat really surprised me and made me realize that I definitely need to have a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen.
I mean we are all distracted with countless things going on and spending more time in the kitchen definitely increases chances of unattended cooking.
How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
- P- Pull the pin
- A- Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire
- S- Squeeze the trigger
- S- Sweep from side to side
A good way to remember is with an acronym P.A.S.S.
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Note: Fire extinguishers should be placed on every level of the home, especially in common places like the kitchen and other areas such as the laundry room, the garage and in the backyard by the grill.
You can find First Alert safety products at Lowe’s and learn more about fire safety and prevention here.