Don't Get Burned! | Heating Safety Tips for National Fire Prevention Week

smoke alarm on yellow backgroundIt's Fire Prevention Week! This year's theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years," the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)'s third year in a row focusing on smoke alarms. Last year was "Hear The Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!" and the year before that, "Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month." If you think this is overblown, take this quiz from the NFPA:
How'd you do? If you didn't realize the importance of smoke alarms before, maybe you have a deeper appreciation for them now.

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

Here are some tips to help you properly install and maintain your smoke alarms: Safety TipSmoke alarms safety tip sheets Download NFPA's free smoke alarm safety tip sheet (English)

Heating (HVAC) System Safety

To help you avoid a home fire in the first place, it's important to consider that heating equipment is the leading cause of home fire death. So while you snuggle up for the winter, keep in mind the following statistics from the NFPA report, ""Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment": Source: NFPA's "Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment" report (PDF)

Heating (Furnace, Fireplace & Space Heater) Safety Tips

Around half of all heating-related fires occur during the months of December, January, and February. As the temperatures drop, the risk of a home fire increases. Luckily, there are some simple safety tips to prevent a heating fire from happening in the first place: Safety Tipheatingtips.gif?as=1&iar=1&la=en Download NFPA's free heating safety tip sheet

Electrical Safety

Every year, around 50,000 home fires start because of malfunctioning electrical equipment. It's important to test GFCI and AFCI outlets and breakers every 30 days, schedule an annual electrical safety inspection, and other important prevention steps. Use this Electrical Safety Checklist to make sure your electrical system is safe all year long. electricalsafetytips(1).jpg?as=1&iar=1&la=en Download these free NFPA safety tips on electricity (PDF, 689 KB) For more electrical safety information, including information on surge protectors, tamper resistant receptacles, and smoke/CO detectors, read the safety guides on ESFI.org.

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