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Home Fire Safety

July 4th, 2017

In life, we’re always looking for security and comfort.  Security from dangers leads us to safer neighborhoods and homes while security in comfort moves us to better, more efficient home comfort solutions.  But while we look for the big dangers, it’s easy to forget that small, everyday things can be riskier than any singe lapse in judgement or shady street.

Of course, we’re talking about fire safety in your home.  Today is July 4th and, along with grilling, family, and friends, we’ll all be celebrating with fireworks and sparklers!  Of course, that means it’s a good time to review fire safety for your home and family.

Firework Safety

Always follow all safety guidelines on any fireworks you purchase and choose to discharge on your own.

When looking to purchase or discharge fireworks, always check with local city ordinances.  Many cities do not allow fireworks to be set off or sold within city limits.  You should also see if a burn-ban is in effect for your area.  If there is a ban in place, please enjoy sponsored shows and do not discharge fireworks on your own.  For everyone else:

  • Always discharge fireworks downwind of homes and wooded/brush areas
  • Do not use fireworks around dry brush and grass
  • The sparks from sparklers are mostly harmless but sparkler itself burns at over 2,000 degrees – keep them away from flammable items
  • Always keep water on hand in case of emergencies
  • Never point fireworks at people or buildings

Fire Safety for Your Home

Before we finish, it’s a good idea to review the electronics in your home for safety issues as well.  Without outside temperatures warming up, the incidence of home fires is likely to increase.

Electrical Cables: Never use frayed or damaged wires.  Always replace any extension cords or appliances that have damaged insulation.  Avoid using extension cords when possible and always use the shortest run of cable available.

Electrical Panel: Where’s the next risk? An old our outdated electrical panel.  These panels help to regulate energy in your home by separating high-power devices from low-power devices such as lamps.  Your air conditioner is typically on its own circuit to prevent breaker trips if you unplug in another appliance on the same unit.  Even then, if any of your outlets or light switches feel hot to the touch, or you hear a loud humming and buzzing coming from your circuit breaker, call for a repair.

Smoke Alarms: Every home should have smoke alarms installed.  In any fire emergency, a rapid response is the surest method of survival.  The safest bet is to place connected smoke alarms in every bedroom, in the central corridor of each floor, and near any heat source such as your oven, furnace, or fireplace.

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