Sunday, October 9, 2016 is National Fire Prevention Day. To help promote fire safety for your home and family, here are a few tips from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.
- Check Your Smoke Alarms – Smoke alarms have proven to reduce the chances of dying in a fire by close to 50 percent. In order to keep these life-saving devices in operation, be certain to test them once per month and replace batteries at least once per year. Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of the home as well as outside sleeping areas. The devices themselves have a lifetime of 10 years. Any alarms older than 10 years should be updated ASAP.
- Ensure Your Water Heater is Properly Vented and Serviced – Keep clothing away from the water heaters – especially gas heaters – as the heat and burners from the appliance can ignite fabrics. Appliances, such as clothes dryers and gas water heaters, cause around 7 percent of home fires and 4 percent of deaths. Ensure cover plates are in place on water heaters and mark a 3 foot zone around the appliance as a “combustible-free” zone.
- Have a Fire Plan - Fire plans should be built and practiced to make certain everyone is fully aware of the process in an emergency. Utilizing games and drawings can help make the plan more memorable for children.
- Don’t Overplug – Avoid placing a large number of cords into any electrical socket. Overloaded circuits are a common fire hazard.
Follow these home safety tips to help prevent fires in your home today and in the future! For further questions on water heaters and plumbing safety, contact your friendly local plumbers at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing..