Keeping you and your family safe one tool at a time
Here at Yeagers we talk about tools everyday. From screwdrivers to drills and circular saws to staple guns, we deal with all types of tools all day long.
But what about other types of tools? Tools that can save lives. We have those too! Keeping your home safe from fires is something that is rarely thought about. Here are some fire safety tips and advice to keep your home safe from fire damage.
Detecting the Issue
First and foremost, you need you know there is a dangerous situation in your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 3 out of 5 fire deaths occur when a smoke alarm is not installed or working properly in a home. Here are some great tips to keep in mind when it comes to fire safety alarms for your home.
- Place smoke alarms in every bedroom. Most people sleep with the door closed which could cause a fire alarm in a hallway to not sound until well into the life of a fire.
- Install a smoke detector in all hallways throughout the home.
- Position a smoke detector of every level of the home; including the basement.
- Having a smoke detector in the kitchen is very important. However, make sure that you keep the alarm at least 10 feet from stove to avoid a false alert.
- Be sure to check your smoke alarm once a month.
- Due to internal sensors and updated technologies, it is best to replace your smoke alarms every 10 years. Before installing, use a permanent marker to write the installation date.
Carbon Dioxide is an odorless and colorless gas that occurs when fuels burn incompletely. This can be any type of fuel including gasoline, wood, propane, natural gas or oil. Common items in the home that have the potential of creating carbon monoxide are: generators, heating equipment and cooking appliances. Many fire/smoke detectors have carbon monoxide detectors as well. Here are some facts about carbon monoxide detectors:
- People who have weakened health conditions including pregnant women, infants and individuals using oxygen for medical reasons can be effected quickly by carbon monoxide.
- Anyone can be poisoned by a miniscule amount of CO over a longer time or by a large amount of CO over a short amount of time.
- Carbon monoxide detectors should be tested every month.
- After inclement weather, check the vents around your home such as dryer vents to ensure they are free of snow or leaves that could restrict airflow.
- Generators and gas or charcoal grills should always be used outside in well ventilated areas.
The best defense is a strong offence. That means being prepared for anything that might happen. Here are some great ideas how to keep you and your family ready to react when faced with a fire or smoke incident.
- Put out the fire with a fire extinguisher. Yeagers carries a variety of fire extinguishers to handle different types of fires.
- Make a safety plan for your family. Run a fire drill at home with everyone in your house to talk about what to do and where to go when a fire happens.
- Keep all of your flammable items in a well ventilated or properly secured cabinet.