Do you think your home is safe from fires? Is it as safe as a fire station? Did you hear about the fire at the Mayville fire station? Continue reading to learn how to make sure you’re really safe.
What to Do If There’s a Fire
If there’s a fire in your home, the first thing you should always do is get everyone outside and call 911 no matter how big or small the fire is. A couple of minutes could be the difference between minor damage and losing your home.
If it is safe to do so and you have a clear exit pass, you can try to control a fire using your fire extinguisher with the PASS technique.
- Pull the pin and break the seal.
- Aim at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the handle.
- Sweep from side to side until the fire is out.
There are different types of fire extinguishers for different kinds of fires.
- Class A/Water: Used for paper, cloth, and other organic matter.
- Class B/CO2: Used for oil, gas, and other flammable liquids.
- Class C/Dry Chemical: Used for Electrical fires.
- Class K: Specially designed for kitchen fires from oils and fats.
Classes A, B, and C are often combined into a multi-purpose fire extinguisher, but these multi-purpose extinguishers may not be suitable for kitchen fires. Be sure to have the right type of extinguisher for each part of your home, and check for recalls like the Kidde recall.
Get an Early Warning with a Smoke Alarm
In the Mayville fire station fire, the fire department didn’t even know there was a fire until passersby called 911. If that’s how you find out your home is on fire, it could already be too late. Smoke alarms give you the early warning that you need.
Smoke Alarm Installation Tips
To make sure your smoke alarms are working to protect you, follow these tips.
- Have at least one over your bedroom, near your garage door, and near your kitchen (but not where routine cooking will always set it off.)
- Test each alarm every month.
- Replace the batteries at least once a year — if you wait until your monthly test fails, you could have gone a month with no working smoke alarm.
- Replace the entire smoke alarm every ten years.
Types of Smoke Alarms
Smoke detectors aren’t all the same. There a couple of advanced features you may want to take advantage of.
- Wired: Wired smoke detectors use both your home’s electrical power and batteries. This reduces the risk of not being warned if the batteries are dead or your power is out.
- Interconnected: Interconnected smoke alarms talk to each other. Instead of faintly hearing one going off on the other side of your home, they’ll all sound the alarm.
Finally, don’t forget to check for recalls such as the Kidde Fire Extinguisher recall.
You should also make sure your smoke alarms have CO detection capabilities (many modern ones do). Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless deadly gas that is virtually impossible to detect without special equipment. Common sources include leaks from gas stoves, poorly ventilated furnaces, and running car engines next to your home.
CO alarms give you early warning that this silent killer is building up and to get your family outside.
To learn more about how to make your Mayville or West Bend area home safer and possible insurance discounts for home safety improvements, contact Mayville insurance today.