Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Bison's 5 Fire Prevention Tips

With the longer days and renewed sense of energy that arrives with March, comes seemingly more time in a day. Utilize the extra spring in your step this month by ensuring that your home and family are prepared for any fire-related emergency that may arise in the upcoming year.

Add the 5 steps outlined below to your spring cleaning list, and rest easy knowing that your loved ones are equipped to handle the discovery of a fire.

1. Replace Smoke Detector Batteries and Test All Devices

Although modern batteries commonly found in smoke detectors (AA, 9V) can last for longer than a year, replacing them annually ensures their efficiency and removes the risk of the alarm not working when needed most.

Test the devices upon battery replacement, and again in six months.

2. Check and Maintain Your Extension Cords

Faulty and damaged extension cords pose a huge risk of sparking a fire. Extension cords have a fixed life, and do eventually wear out. Seeing as extension cords go unnoticed throughout the everyday, inspecting them annually helps to ensure that they are in good working order.

  • Inspect each cord carefully for any damage to the outer rubber sheath.
  • Unplug the extension cord and check the plug for any damage or exposed wires.
  • Never staple extension cords to the wall, as this can cause damage and increase the risk of sparks occurring. Instead, invest in safe cord storage to keep cords out of the way.
  • Do not overload extension cords, as they easily malfunction when overworked.

3. Clean Out the Furnace Room

Combustion appliances, such as water heaters, furnaces, and boilers all require adequate airflow, as these machines run using extremely high heat. As tempting as it may be to store extra items in these unused areas, any item blocking the flow of air to these appliances may cause them to overheat.

Clear out any boxes or paperwork that may disturb the flow of air around the room. The areas around combustion appliances should always be clear of any debris.

Bison Fire Protection – 5 Steps for Fire Prevention This Month

4. Install and Inspect Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are a necessity for any fire-safe home. Extinguishers should be installed in areas of the home where fires are more likely to start, such as the kitchen or the laundry room.

A fire extinguisher should be placed in a handy area that is easily noticeable, and accessible. Hang a sign that outlines the P.A.S.S. (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep) acronym next to the extinguisher for those who may not be well-versed in its use.

5. Develop and Update the Fire Safety Plan

A fire safety plan should be put in place to ensure that you and your family react safely in case of a fire. An effective fire safety plan will include the following:

  • An outline of steps to take if a fire is discovered.
  • A list of emergency numbers for your local area.
  • An evacuation plan. This plan should include a picture of your home or building, and the route of exit clearly marked. Post this map within your home in a well-used area, so it can be regularly reviewed.

The professionals at Bison Fire Protection have the fire prevention information to keep you safe and protected, all year round. Contact us at 204-237-3473 to schedule an appointment today.

Posted by Rob Read at 8:43 AM


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