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As the weather begins to cool and thermostats begin to rise, there are a few things to take into consideration to keep your family and your home safe. October 5 marks the beginning of Fire Prevention Week, and we have some simple tips to help keep you protected.
Check Your Smoke Detector Monthly
Smoke detectors are mandatory in all buildings, and for good reason. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 37% of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present. Typically these devices are battery operated, and will alert you when it is time to change the battery. It is still wise to check your smoke alarms monthly to ensure all of the features are working properly. Smoke alarms should be placed on every floor and outside of each bedroom. They are very affordable, making it that much easier to protect your family from a home fire.
Unplug The Unnecessary
Not making toast? Unplug the toaster oven. There are many household items that require electricity, but they don’t need to take up space on the counter or continually draw energy when not in use. Items such as coffee makers, microwaves, computer chargers, lamps, and more can be left unplugged easily. In the event of a power surge, the outlets that normally house the devices may still be affected, but the items will not be damaged.
Fix Faulty Outlets Immediately
Properly secured outlets make all the difference in helping to protect your home from potential fires. Exposed wires are dangerous, especially in areas of the house where they can come into contact with water such as bathrooms or kitchens. Young children could also be harmed if they tamper with the wires. It is important to have a professional assess the outlet to ensure it is properly and safely installed.
Surge Protectors Work
There are some things that are just difficult to plug and unplug in your home, such as your home desktop computer, printer, and router, or even the family entertainment system. If you have a number of cords drawing power from one source, a surge protector is a great way to keep those items protected. Surge protectors are an affordable necessity now that homes are becoming more and more hi-tech.
Upgrade Your Electrical Service
Old wiring in your home may be causing a decrease in power, which is not only an inconvenience, but can actually damage sensitive electronics. Older homes especially need to have services upgraded to not only ensure safety, but efficiency. Companies like REVCO use a number of top rated vendors you can choose from based on your needs and budget. You can see a full list here (http://www.revco.org/electrical/).
Fires can spark from a number of things, but with proper preparedness you can help prevent damage to your home and keep your family safe.