FIRST ALERT FIRE SAFETY TIPS: SIMPLE THINGS TO DO AT HOME
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It’s October which means it’s officially Fire Prevention Month. First Alert is a great resource to use when you are looking to help stay safe in your home. Now that I’ve been a mom of two boys over the last year, I can officially say things need to be checked more often. When we moved into our brand new home back in 2019, things needed to be added even though the home was just built. That’s what having an electrician as a husband does to you.
Safety in your home is always a concern, especially when you have kids around, no matter what the stage. Plus, as a stay-at-home / work-at-home mom, I tend to be home alone more than usual. You always want to make sure everything is in tip-top shape. Many of us have been staying inside more than usual too. You just never really know what can happen when you’re home alone.
Below you can find a list of things to make sure you stay safe at home.
- Replace your smoke alarms: Life can get so busy you forget to think about one of the most important and simple items you should replace—your smoke alarms. Also, making sure you have them in the correct places is also important. A smoke alarm should be installed on every level and in every bedroom of your home. We have a bigger house than we did previously. When we first moved in, there wasn’t one located in the basement, so we made sure to add one there. Also, for peace of mind, we did add one to our kitchen. We have an open concept kitchen and living area that is pretty big, and our smoke alarm was located in our front hall but nowhere near the kitchen so we made sure to add one there as well. First Alert offers a Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm with 10-Year Sealed Battery. This gives you peace of mind knowing we are protected for a decade.
- Replace your carbon monoxide alarms: Carbon monoxide alarms should also be installed on every level and in every bedroom of your home. Instead of having to purchase a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm, upgrade to a First Alert Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm. It offers 2-in-1 protection from both threats in a single alarm which takes up less space. . It also includes voice and location alerts to let you know where in your home and the type of danger from fire to carbon monoxide.
- Have fire extinguishers: I will fully admit we didn’t have a fire extinghuisher at first. When we finally realized we needed one we got one super quick. First Alert offers a rechargable home fire extinguisher. If the fire extinguisher is used; it can be recharged by a certified professional.It’s chemical resistant and has a waterproof label with easy to follow 4-step instructions won’t deteriorate. When you have things in your home that last a while sometimes you have the issue of instructions fading away. This will not. It also has secure mounting so if you want to hang it up you are able to.
- Create an emergency escape plan: Gather your family and create an escape plan for your home in case of an emergency. Identify 2 exits out of each room, designate a meeting spot outside, a safe distance from your house and make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1 once safely outside. My oldest is 8 years old so being able to create some type of plan he can understand is essential. Plus him knowing what to do in case of an emergency if he is watching his brother is important to us too.
- Practice fire safety : We are going through this now that we have a curious one-year-old. He loves touching everything. Making sure things are out of reach. Even for our 8-year-old is important too. Like having lighters out of reach, teaching about not using the stove, and safety tips when using the microwave.
I hope these simple tips help you keep your home safe. . Are you doing your part when it comes to Fire Prevention Month? Don’t forget it’s going on all month long so make sure you save these tips!
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