Just because the temperatures are falling outside doesn't mean your home can't get dangerously hot ? according to the National Fire Protection Association, December and January are the peak months for home fires. Follow these easy steps to stay safe.
The single most important fire safety tool is the smoke alarm. Make sure yours are functioning and located in or close to sleeping areas around the house. Also:
In the Kitchen
Cooking mishaps are the leading cause of residential fires. Here's how to prevent them:
You'll want to heat up this winter, but not too much! Take extra care with space heaters and woodstoves. Also:
For Rural Homesteaders
It's imperative to have a pre-determined plan in case of emergency. Route possible exits from every room of the house, and designate a family meeting point outside.
Lending a Hand
If there's a fire hydrant near your home, keep it clear of snow so firefighters can find it easily.
Check out eight more simple fire safety tips from mother earth news here, and take October, national fire safety month, to prep and test your home. With a little precaution and foresight, you can help prevent house fires and keep you and your loved ones comfortably warm this winter. Have you come across other helpful fire prevention tips? Share them in the comment section below.
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