One of my trusted home inspectors, Jay Lynham with NPI, sent an important email reminder and checklist that I wanted to share with all of you. Here is the article directly from him. Thank you, Jay!
In recognition of National Fire Prevention Month, National Property Inspections wishes you and your clients a safe October. Here are 10 fire prevention tips to keep you and your family safe indoors and out:
- Create a fire escape plan for your family. If a fire occurs in your home, get out of the house, stay out and call 911 for help.
- When disposing of ashes from charcoal grills or fireplaces, drown the debris with water. Then stir the debris and soak it again to be sure that it’s out.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. Test smoke alarms once a month, keep them in good working condition, and change the batteries when Daylight Savings Time ends and again when it starts.
- Never leave burning candles unattended or within reach of children or pets.
- Teach children to never play with lighters or matches, and store these items out of children’s reach.
- Place fire extinguishers throughout your home, and make sure that everyone in the family knows how to use them.
- Don’t overload electrical outlets or extension cords. Don’t run electrical wires or cords under rugs.
- Use the proper wattage of light bulbs in light fixtures.
- When using a space heater, keep it at least 3 feet away from beds and furniture, curtains, newspapers or magazines, clothing, and other items that could catch fire.
- Inspect all holiday lights every year before hanging them to ensure that cords are not worn or frayed.