Fire Safety Week in Mobile Firefighters and the Public
Fire safety week starts on October 3, 2010 and will last until October 9 2010 this year. Fire safety week is a yearly event that Mobile Fire Rescue Department along with fire departments nationwide tries to educate and remind the public of making their home a fire safe environment to live in.
Fire safety in the home should always be of importance to the homeowner and to all those who occupy the home. For this reason the Mobile fire department and fire departments nationwide have made fire safety week a yearly event to help ensure the public knows how to make their homes as fire safe as possible.
One of the reasons a winter month is chosen for fire safety week is that winter is when people start to heat their homes to stay warm and winter is when the holiday season begins to start. Many fires are caused in the winter due to unmaintained heating systems, unmaintained fire places, over heating electrical circuits and wires, Christmas trees getting dried out and overheated, and fires from all the extra cooking done during the holiday season.
Suggestions to the public is to make a yearly fire safety check list and post this checklist somewhere that it can be seen often. A good place to post a yearly fire safety check list would be on the kitchen refrigerator door that way everyone would see it at least one or more times a day.
A yearly fire safety check list should include the following things below.
Have a list of emergency numbers with 911 being the first number on the list.
Check your heating unit system to ensure cleanest around wiring, or were gas flames may ignite lint or debris.
For Gas heated homes check for gas leaks and ensure pilot light is burning and operating correctly.
For gas heated homes it is advised to install a carbon monoxide detector near designated sleeping areas. If the sleeping areas in the home are on different sides of the home or the home has more than one story you need to install a carbon monoxide detector close by any sleeping area in the home.
For Electric heated homes check to ensure all wiring is insulated and protected from being shorted out.
For all homes that have electric or gas heat check and change out your filter regularly.
Have at least two fire extinguishers in the home. One fire extinguisher should be located in the kitchen someplace where it can be easily seen or found. The other fire extinguisher should be located someplace close to the center of the home and also where it can be easily seen or found.
Have at least one working smoke alarm in your home. Firefighters recommend more than one working smoke alarm in your home. The recommended placement for smoke alarms is above and outside the door of every room that is designated for sleeping.
Change out batteries every year in all smoke alarms then check the smoke alarm to ensure is working by pushing the test button.
Have regular family meetings to discuss escape routes and a meeting place someplace outside safe away from the home. Suggestions for a meeting place are a mail box, tree, swing, or any object that is a safe distance from the home. Have a surprise fire drill about every three months at different times of the month to see how your children and other family members react.
Teach your children to never hide under the bed or in a closet and to never go back into a burning home after a pet, toy, or anything that a child may think they need to save. Also teach your children to stop, drop, and roll if their clothes or any part of the body is on fire.
Also teach your children never to play with lighters, matches, candles, and don’t play around kitchen stoves, or hot water heaters. Teach your children to never put things into electrical outlets because of the risk of electrocution or fire.
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