Now that the Fourth of July holiday is over, you might be feeling flat with grill is cleaned and put away and the fireworks won’t be lighting up the sky for another year. But fire safety never takes a holiday, and you must remain vigilant against possible fire hazards you might not otherwise notice.
Turn Off Your Electronics
Are you planning on spending all summer binge-watching the latest hit on streaming services? Once you’re done, be sure to turn the TV off. Whether it’s a laptop, video game console, or kitchen appliance that needs electricity to work, turn them all off when they’re not in use. Any time the cords fray and wear down, they could emit a spark that can cause a fire.
Tour the Fire Department
Find out where your closest fire department is, and arrange a tour. Not only can you and your kids learn more about what firefighters do, but you can also introduce yourself and befriend the firefighters based there. Getting to know the firefighters, volunteer or not, will benefit you if ever a fire breaks out in your home and you need their help. While you’re there, you can learn more about proper fire safety techniques that you probably will never have known before, no matter how much time you spend researching it on the Internet.
Replace Batteries in Smoke Alarms
You know how the saying goes: “where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire.” So, with that in mind, our next fire safety tip is to make sure that the smoke alarms in your home are working correctly. If they don’t have heat sensors or the batteries are dead, think about changing them. Sometimes the smoke alarm can trigger before a fire even starts because it can sense the heat buildup right before a backdraft. Make sure every room in your house – the bedrooms, the basement, the basement, the kitchen has a working smoke alarm.
Keep Fire Extinguishers Handy
Even when a small fire breaks out, a fire extinguisher can make a difference. For example, a fire extinguisher in your kitchen can help you put out grease fires. Whatever it is that is on fire, don’t use water. You would think that water can douse a fire, but water also contains oxygen, which the fire can use as a fuel source. That’s why fire extinguishers have specially formulated foam to help you extinguish or at least contain almost every residential fire you can encounter.
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience in designing, installing, inspecting, and repairing residential and commercial fire protection systems. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480 or contact us online. For more fire safety tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.