Life, Death and Fire-Prevention

October is fire prevention month and with all the fires in California this year, we wanted to make sure, that no matter where you live, you are prepared for a fire in your home.  Here are some steps you can take to make sure that if you are finding yourself in a fire situation you are safe.  Fire can start anywhere, and that is why, it’s vital that you follow these fire safety tips to have the most Fire-Protection

Protect your ID and cash:

A fire can be quite devastating, but would not it be great to know your identity and that emergency cash is secure and prepared to assist you rebuild your life until the insurance policy money comes?  Make sure you have documents/cash in a fire safety rated safe or lock box.  You can find these at Target, Walmart and Staples.  They range in prices and sizes, so pick what work for you and your family.  Keep in mind if it is portable, you can grab the box in evacuation situations and have your info on you.  But even if you can’t grab this, it should survive most types of fires, so you will be able to recover it when the fire is put out.

Fire Extinguishers:

Protect your home with a fire extinguisher:  When selecting your extinguisher, you want to decide what kind of fire you might be fighting and pick the best extinguishing material for your application. When buying fire extinguishers, you must know several things about extinguishers so as to earn an educated decision, in particular, the fire class you must protect against and identifying conditions you should think about ( computer electronics, for example ). It isn’t tough to purchase fire extinguisher when you understand exactly what you’re looking for. Often, somebody who requires a fire extinguisher will find an “ABC fire extinguisher” without giving much thought to the real fire hazards they ought to protect against.  You can pick up fire extinguishers at Home Depot or Lowes and they can help you determine the best kind for your home and items.

Smoke Alarms:

Smoke alarms need to be kept clean from dust, and tested from time to time so they are in working condition after an true fire breaks out.  A battery-powered smoke alarm requires a battery change once (in my case twice) per year.  The very first step is to select the smoke detector that works for your home.  Are the smoke detectors hard wired?  Or are they all just battery operated?  Next you need to select an alarm with all the bells and whistles that you want.  Many smoke detectors today come with CO2 detectors as well, or heat sensors.  Choose one that works for you and your family.

Fire Blankets:

These are good to have on hand in your home, especially with elderly and kids, you can wrap yourself in one to get out of the home, you can also wrap one around your loved ones that you are assisting to make sure they get out of the home with minimal or without burns.

Fire Safety Plan/Signs:

Have a plan for evacuating your home, make sure you have multiple plans on how to get out of the structure, depending on where the fire is.  Also, make sure you have a meeting place, so that you know everyone made it out ok, and you all aren’t standing on all different sides of the structure.  This saves a lot of stress, as well as makes it easier for the fire department, that you know everyone is safe and accounted for.

We at US Web Connection want you to be safe when a tragedy strikes.  Life is more important than material items.

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