How to Fireproof Your Residence
Simple Preparations That Can Prevent a Fiery Disaster
|CG LOWERTHIRD-Charlie Maniates CU CITIZEN ACCESS REPORTERLocator Lower Third
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A lot of fire hazards are easily preventable. Having a functioning fire alarm can alert you if there is a problem, preventing extensive damages. (0:08)
Test your smoke alarm once a month by pressing the button on your alarm. Open the alarm and change the batteries twice a year. (0:06)
If a fire does occur, have a fire extinguisher either in your residence or in the hallway of a multifamily residence.
Always know where it is. To use, pull the pin, aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire, squeeze the lever slowly and sweep from side to side. (0:13)
Sprinkler systems help to put out a fire. Remember, the sprinkler will only go off in the room that it detects smoke. (0:06)
Be aware of heating materials in your room. Keep space heaters away from other objects so they don’t heat up and catch on fire. Never stack clothes or other objects on top of the heater. (0:08)
Don’t keep candles close to other objects either; heat from candles could cause glass to shatter.
Make sure the candles are completely extinguished when done using. (0:08)
Keep grandchildren away from candles and other lighting devices. Make sure they’re out of their reach. (0:05)
When plugging appliances in, don’t use extension cords permanently; they’re for temporary use.
Also make sure there are not frays or tears in the cords that could catch fire. (0:09)
The biggest cause of residential fires is cooking materials. Don’t leave what you’re cooking unattended. It’s easy to forget about something on the stove, and it can get out of hand quickly. (0:08)
It is helpful to keep a hammer in your room in case you are trapped in your room because of a fire. Use the hammer to break open the window to either escape or call for help. (0:08)
Finally, always have an escape plan. Keep pathways clear for easy evacuation.
Check handles to see if they’re warm before exiting; you don’t want to move to a room closer to the fire.
If you live with other people, plan where you will meet outside, such as by a stop sign or faraway tree. (0:14)
Being prepared can prevent fires from getting out of hand. For CU-Citizen Access.org, I’m Charlie Maniates. (0:06)