October is Fire Safety Month
This week, schools and businesses throughout Harford County are practicing fire drills in observance of Fire Prevention Week, an important week during Fire Safety Month. Since 1922, when the National Fire Protection Association named the second week of October Fire Prevention Week in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, we’ve celebrated by raising fire safety awareness and educating communities across the country.
Now is a great time to discuss with your family how to prevent fires and what to do if a fire breaks out in your home. In a typical home fire, there may be only one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help keep everyone calm and give everyone enough time to get out safely.
Plan ahead for your escape. Make your home escape plan and practice before you’re in a scary situation.
Fire Safety Reminders
- Check batteries in smoke detectors to make sure they’re working. There should be a smoke alarm in each room.
- Never leave a space heater on when no one is home, and always keep them away from anything flammable.
- Hire a chimney sweep to inspect your chimney and fireplace, and make sure the flue is open before you light a fire.
- Keep lighters and matches high up so young children can’t reach them and start a fire.
- Keep lighted candles out of reach of kids, and always blow them out before you leave home.
If you smell any burning, particularly the smell of wires or see smoke coming from your outlets or electrical panel, call the fire department immediately. And remember, it is always a good idea to have a safety inspection performed by the experts at Mister Sparky. Make an appointment today.