Category : Home Safety Tips

Preparing for winter and the cold days ahead is important. Preparing your home for winter can be done easily with this helpful checklist.

Fire Prevention

As we spring ahead with the time change this weekend, we should also check the batteries in our fire detectors. While doing so you should also take a moment to review Steve Donigan’s list of 20 do’s and don’ts for some of the most common fire risks in the home. You can use this as a checklist to add the security your fire/smoke alarm already provides (you do have one don’t you – and a fire extinguisher?). Here they are, in no particular order:

1.   Keep heat-generating items like computers, TVs and cable boxes well ventilated.
2.   Switch them off (and unplug if you can) when nobody is going to be around.
3.   Store flammable items securely (locked if possible) in a cool area, away from flames.
4.   Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
5.   Know which clothing and furnishing fabrics are flammable and keep them away from flames.
6.   Use fireguards to protect against accidental contact with flames.
7.   Avoid loose clothing, especially sleeves, when you’re using the stove.
8.   If you leave items cooking, set an audible timer to remind you to check back.
9.   Have the gas company check your appliances regularly.
10. Regularly inspect appliance wiring and plugs for signs of damage or heat.
11. Don’t use extension cords with space heaters (actually, always avoid them where possible).
12. Don’t plug too many items into 1 outlet or too high wattage a light bulb into a restricted fitting.
13. Avoid storing stacks of combustible material like paper that sometimes ignite by themselves.
14. Put a proper fitting over an exposed closet light bulb and don’t store items too close to it.
15. If there are smokers in the house: no smoking in bed or when they/you are sleepy.
16. Ensure all fire and dryer vents are clear and regularly cleaned.
17. Monitor all outside burning (yard fires, BBQs etc.) and extinguish them fully.
18. Position barbecues at least 10 feet from walls and fences when in use or cooling.
19. Don’t set electric blankets too high when you’re not there, or allow pets to sleep on them,
20. Workshop tools that throw out sparks should be used away from all combustible material.

This post was proved by:

Steve Donigan

The NO BS Insurance Guy

DoniganInsurance.com