Look. Listen. Learn. – Fire Prevention Week 2018

The second week of October brings us Fire Prevention Week. A time where we are reminded to be aware and extra vigilant about fire safety. This year’s theme is ‘Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire can happen anywhere.’

Annually, the Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Management provides theme-specific tips that are easy and everyone can do to help make their homes more fire-safe. They are:

LOOK for potential fire hazards around your home. Take actions to prevent fire from starting:
• Always stay in the kitchen while cooking. If you leave, turn off the stove.
• Ask smokers to smoke outside. Always extinguish cigarettes in large, deep ashtrays that cannot be knocked over.
• Check electrical cords for damage such as fraying or nicks. A damaged cord can expose wires and result in a potential shock or fire hazard.

LISTEN for smoke alarms in an emergency. Make sure everyone knows the sound of the alarms and can hear them in an emergency. Early detection of fire provided by smoke alarms gives you the extra seconds you need to get out safely.
• Install smoke alarms on every story of your home and outside all sleeping areas. You can’t listen for them if you don’t have them!
• Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms so everyone in the home can hear them in a fire emergency.

LEARN two ways out of every room. Practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your home before a fire starts so you and your family can get out quickly.
• Test your smoke alarms every month. Learn to make it a habit!

If you ever have any questions or need resources about fire safety and prevention please contact your local fire department. From an insurance side, our loss prevention team is more than happy to provide you with information.

Fire can happen anywhere and at any time. Always be on the lookout for ways to help prevent them. And always have a plan on how to escape if you encounter fire. At the end of the day, we hope you are safe in your home and can enjoy it with family.


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