The National Fire Prevention Association has designated October as Fire Prevention Month.
In many parts of the country, October begins the "heating season" - when fires are more common than during the rest of the year. October is also the month ushering in the holiday season (counting Halloween), and the holidays themselves are a season of increased fire risk. For onstance, more residential fires occur on Thanksgiving Day, than on any other single day of the year - more than double the daily average!
So as we get ready to enter this season, it is very important to keep safety in mind.
General Fire Safety
- Install smoke alarms and test them once a month (pick a day, such as the 1st of each month).
- Change the batteries regularly - many experts recommend changing your smoke alarm batteries twice a year - when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time, and back.
- Have a dry or foam fire extinguisher in your kitchen, Check the expiration date to be sure it is current.
- Have an evacuaton plan, in case of a fire, and practice the plan!