Within minutes, a small fire can spread and grow into a deadly fire. But with a few steps, you can protect yourself, your home and your belongings. First, closely inspect your home to eliminate potential hazards. Then, use these fire prevention tips and strategies to safeguard your home.
- Protect your appliances and your home by using surge protectors.
- Do not overload circuits or extension cords.
- Check electrical cords for appliances. Cords that are frayed or cracked are potential fire hazards. Unplug the cord immediately and replace.
- Do not run cords underneath rugs or between rooms.
- Never place portable space heaters near flammable materials, such as drapery.
- Turn off space heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Do not smoke in bed or leave burning cigarettes unattended.
- Keep lighters and matches out of reach of children.
- Do not leave candles or incense unattended, and place these items away from drapes, curtains or other flammable materials.
- Do not store flammable materials, such as gasoline cans or a propane tank, in your apartment.
- Remember to never leave food unattended on a stove.
- Keep potholders and towels away from the cooking area.
- Avoid wearing loose-fitting sleeves when cooking.
- Check out this article for more kitchen fire prevention tips.
Laundry Room Safety
- If possible, have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
- Avoid using a dryer without a lint filter.
- Clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry, and remove lint that has collected around the drum of your dryer.
- Check to make sure the right plug and outlet are used, and make sure the machine is connected properly.
- If you leave home or go to bed, turn the dryer off.
Make sure there is a properly functioning smoke alarm installed in your apartment. To be extra cautious, install a smoke alarm outside of each sleeping area. These alarms can be battery-operated or electrically hardwired in your home. For renters who have hearing problems, use alarms that include flashing strobe lights and vibration. Test smoke alarms once a month, and replace batteries once a year. An easy reminder is to change the batteries when the clocks spring forward.
Though your apartment may be prepared, accidents do occur. Plan an escape route, and if you have roommates, plan for a safe place to meet outside.Have at least two escape routes planned in case one is blocked.
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