Fire Prevention week takes place October 6-12th, 2019! Taking steps to ensure you and your family are safe is crucial. Here are some ways to prevent fires from breaking out and to keep them controlled if they do:
- Check your smoke detectors monthly.
Checking your smoke detectors is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself if a fire were to happen. Change batteries as needed and test to make sure they’re working properly so you can sleep easy!
- Take precautions by performing yearly inspections.
Have your furnace checked yearly to make sure everything is up to code and there are no threats of fire being an issue. Change your furnace filters once a month as well, as they can collect dust easily which is a hazard.
- Check your water heater.
Water heaters are often placed in inconvenient places, but it is important to clean around them. Be sure that there is nothing too close to the unit, as they hold high temperatures and can cause fires more often than you’d think. Always keep any heating element free of debris and clear of clutter.
- Keep ovens and stoves clear.
When you’re making dinner, cleaning up your kitchen or even bringing in groceries, strategize where you put things in your home. Ovens and stoves should always be clear of towels, paper products and anything that is not meant to be stored in or on them.
- Watch for frayed wires.
Never run electrical cords underneath rugs or in between walls and furniture. Watch for any frays in wires, even just a phone charger. Be sure to unplug any device that feels warm from just being plugged in because this is a hazard in itself.
Know where to shut off your utilities, gas lines and fuses in and around your home.
- Store flammable products in cool, dry places.
It’s no secret that flammable items should be placed in cool areas where there is no risk of fire. Don’t forget about those lit candles, either!
- Keep fire extinguishers handy.
A fire extinguisher should be a requirement for all homes. When using a fire extinguisher, remember the P.A.S.S. acronym: “Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep.” Keep baking soda handy for grease fires, as they must be smothered in order to extinguish them.
- Close bedroom doors at night.
If a fire were to break out, they do spread quickly with no discrimination. Keeping bedroom doors closed can create barriers that can slow down the spread of the beast.
- Have an exit plan.
It is beyond important to have an exit strategy if a fire were to happen. Meet with your family regularly to discuss the exit plan. Educate your guests on the exit plan, as well as the safety guidelines you follow in your home to prevent fires.
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Our homes are our safe places. We know the ins and outs better than anyone. Should something dangerous happen, we’d know exactly what to do and how much time we’d have to do it in.
Actually, not so much. Especially when related to fires.
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If you have ever attempted to buy a Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other, you know how difficult it can be. There are many options out there, from jewelry to candy to plush animals. If your significant other also happens to be a firefighter, the choice can be even more difficult. Do you want to go with firefighter-themed gifts? Do you get them something to help them relax? After all, fighting fires on a daily basis is a tiring, backbreaking job. If you are wondering what exactly to get your firefighter for Valentine’s Day this year, keep reading. We will discuss just a few of the great gift choices available, in a variety of categories. This way you are not limited to just one, and could even mix and match gifts if you liked.
Custom Fire Department T-shirts
Fire departments often suffer from a lack of morale. What better way to increase morale and give a truly treasured gift than to get your significant other a t-shirt with their fire department’s name and logo on it. These can be done in many different designs and colors as well as having your significant other’s name on them. No one will be able to see it when they are suited up, but your significant other will know it is there, and it will be both a reminder of your love and the important job that they are doing every day.
A Romantic Dinner At Home
Most people take their significant others out for Valentine’s Day dinner, and while this can be relaxing, if your significant other is a firefighter, they may be tired when they get home from work. This means they may just want to come home instead of going anywhere else. Making a romantic dinner or ordering one in if cooking is not your strong suit will provide them a nice meal and a chance to relax and unwind in the comfort of their own home. They can put up their feet, snuggle with you and let the cares of the day slip from their shoulders. Light some candles, turn on their favorite romantic music or television program, and cater to them for the night. Caring for people is a great way to show them how much they mean and are appreciated, and your exhausted firefighter will appreciate that perhaps even more than most. You could even throw in a massage or foot rub for that added extra touch.
Finding a Valentine’s gift for a firefighter does not have to be difficult. There are websites that offer fire department themed merchandise including t-shirts, jewelry, hoodies and plush animals, and a romantic dinner at home will give your significant other a chance to unwind and relax as you pamper them. What could be more amazing than that?