Fire Safety Week is designated as October 7th – October 13th, 2018.

The theme for this year’s fire safety week is “Look. Listen. Learn.”

Look for places fire can start

Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm

Learn two ways out of each room

This week serves as a reminder to reduce fire hazards and increase safety.

Some simple things you can do:

Store flammable liquids in proper containers away from heat, sparks or flame.

Clean your clothes dryer lint trap after every use.

Don’t sleep with candles lit.

Don’t leave open fires unattended! The same goes for grills, stoves or anything else you cook on. Always pay attention to what you’re cooking,

Learn to use a fire extinguisher. They’re affordable and easy to use. Every home should have at least one in the kitchen, and preferably one in the garage and basement also.

Use smoke alarms. If you can’t afford one, contact your local fire department. Most departments will provide one free of charge. Some will even install it for you.

If you have an existing smoke alarm, test it monthly. It’s a good idea to change the batteries in your alarm annually, unless you need to sooner. A good reminder to change your batteries is daylight savings which occurs on November 4th this year.

Always have an escape plan! After you create your plan, be sure everyone in your family knows what to do. Be sure to have a backup plan in case your first plan isn’t going to work.

If you do experience a fire in your home or workplace, get out and call 911.

Be safe!

Written by Marty Augustine