Cool fall weather means cozy sweaters, colorful leaves and pumpkin spice everything. It’s also a great time for roasting marshmallows at a bonfire, lighting a few logs in the fireplace or cooking comfort food on the stove. It’s no wonder that October is Fire Prevention month!
These fire prevention do’s and don’ts will help ensure you and your family have a fun and safe fall season!
- Clear the area around the stove when cooking.
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove when using the burners.
- Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby, so you can use it to smother a potential fire.
- Clean your dryer’s lint trap after every use.
- Check and replace any worn or damaged electrical cords.
- Check your smoke detectors at lease twice a year (doing this on daylight savings makes it easier to remember).
- Make sure your home has a fire extinguisher.
- Let children or pets near a hot stove.
- Move the pan if it catches on fire.
- Put water on a grease or oil fire.
- Leave space heaters unattended.
- Use open flame candles. Opt for battery-operated versions.
- Forget to create and practice an escape plan and outdoor meeting place with your family in case of a house fire.
- Leave a fire, whether outdoors or in your fireplace, unattended. Store ashes in a metal container away from combustibles.
- Store 9-volt batteries loose in a drawer. Keep them in their original packaging or cover the posts with masking or electrical tape.
If you do encounter a fire that you can’t control, have everyone evacuate immediately and call 9-1-1. Do not re-enter the home. You and your family’s safety is your top priority. If your property sustains any damage, please call us at 1-800-766-MMIC or visit us online at www.madisonmutual.com.