October: Fire Safety Month

Safety Precautions For Your Home: 

Fire safety is often at the back of our minds, until the unthinkable happens. Although we hope a fire never devastates your property, it is important to take the proper steps to ensure your family is safe in the case that anything should happen. With 3,473 structure fires in the seven county metro area in 2018, it becomes apparent that fires happen more often than we’d like to think.

Minnesota law mandates that all homes require both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, however, there is no law on how often you should replace them. At the very least, both carbon monoxide and smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. This also includes the hard wired models. Detectors should be tested once a week, periodically vacuumed to remove dust buildup and batteries should be replaced in all units once a year. Dedicate a yearly occurrence, such as the November daylight savings clock change, as an easy reminder to service your detectors.

Not only is it important to have alarms and detectors in working capacity, but professionals also recommend to outline a plan with all family members, in case of an emergency. Talk about a rendezvous point, stash emergency ladders for upper level bedrooms and ensure that everyone knows the protocols in place. Unfortunately fires happen, and sometimes it is out of your control. However, by taking the proper precautions you can help ensure that your family will be prepared to the fullest when disaster strikes.

 

Fast Fact About Fires:

• There are approximately 374,000 residential fires each year in the US.
• Fires result in more than $7 billion of property loss annually.
• The most common causes of house fires include: cooking, heating, smoking and candles