Home Fire Prevention and What You Need to Know to Protect Your Family

Fire. It’s a horrible thought. But what would be worse is not being prepared for it. Most people think having extinguishers and smoke detectors is enough, but it’s equally important where they are located and how they are mounted when building a fire prevention plan. At Ace Handyman Services, we can help you keep your family safe by making certain your current preventive tools are fully operational and helping you think through what you might be missing. 

We can collaborate with you to make sure you feel prepared. There are two main areas to focus on – Prevention and Protection.

It’s interesting to know the history of Fire Prevention Week – which always occurs the week of October 9th – is rooted in a significant event that changed how Americans started thinking about prevention. To learn more about the history of Fire Prevention Week, keep reading below!

So, you might be wondering, what are the “must haves” to take greater comfort in being prepared and keeping your family safe?

PREVENTION: Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Taking preventative cautions with the right tools is the foundation of protecting your home. Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors need to be installed throughout your home. Place these on every level, in every bedroom and right outside sleeping areas, including your basement. You must make sure these devices have fresh batteries. Testing your alarms monthly is highly recommended. These detectors also have a limited lifespan of 5 to 7 years, so make sure they are replaced when needed. Our Multi-Skilled Craftsman will get these properly installed for you to give your family peace of mind, not just with placement, but also with battery replacement and testing.

To shop online for the detectors for your home, click on the links below: 
https://www.acehardware.com/departments/hardware/fire-safety/smoke-detectors?query=smoke%20detector

https://www.acehardware.com/departments/hardware/fire-safety/carbon-monoxide-detectors

PREVENTION: Areas to Clean to Prevent Fires

Thousands of homes are destroyed due to a failure to clean out dryer vents and furnace filters. Lint filters need to be cleaned before and after every load of laundry and brushed every 6 months with a nylon brush. The vent pipe should be cleared out every 3 months as well. Furnace filters should also be replaced because after filtering out dust and other particles, if it isn’t replaced, the furnace can overheat and start a fire. This should be done every 90 days, but if you have pets, then it drops to every 60 days. In the midst of a busy schedule, it is easy to overlook these vital areas. Call a Multi-Skilled Craftsman today, and we can get it done for you.

PROTECTION: Fire Extinguishers

After your detectors are installed, a fire extinguisher is the next step in protecting your home. Extinguishers use a rating system to understand their appropriate use. The higher the number, the more powerful it is. The letters reflect the type of fire. For example, 5:B-C:

  • A means fires that can be put out by water, 
  • B are fires from flammable liquids like grease, and 
  • C fires stem from electrical equipment. 

Getting a multi-purpose extinguisher that can range up to 40:B-C is highly recommended by experts. Once purchased, have one of our Multi-Skilled Craftsman install one in an easy-to-reach area for when emergencies arise. Best practices say to have them in kitchens, near any source of heat, on each floor of your home and in garages.

To shop online for the right fire extinguisher for your home, click this link: 
https://www.acehardware.com/departments/hardware/fire-safety/fire-extinguishers.

Once you have the correct extinguisher for your home, it’s imperative to learn how to use it in case of an emergency—you will not have time to read the directions if something happens. 

A simple way to remember how to use a fire extinguisher is the PASS TechniquePull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep

  • Pull the pin from the handle
  • Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire (not at the top of the flames)
  • Squeeze the handle
  • Sweep the stream from side to side until the fire is out

Remember, fire extinguishers are only intended for immediate use for small fires or to create a short escape route. First call 911 for any fire in your home, because fires spread quickly. Then reach for your extinguisher and get the family out of the house.

We are here to keep you safe, Neighbor

Taking these fire safety precautions can be the difference in saving your valuables, home and even lives. We know your family’s safety is a serious matter. Reach out to your local Ace Handyman Services, and we will take the time to give you peace of mind.

For more Fire Prevention Tips: https://tips.acehardware.com/blogs/fire-prevention-tips/

History of Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.