Home Safety Audit

Please take the following home safety audit to determine how many safety products are needed in your home and where to install them.

 

Smoking Out the Facts About Home Fire Detection

Fire is a deadly threat to any household. It can strike anywhere, at any time. The frightening truth is that in 2005, there were nearly 381,000 home fires in the U.S. resulting in over 16,000 injuries and deaths combined*. You must be prepared by using the tools for fire protection.

Smoke alarms provide a warning of fire. Smoke alarms are the easiest, most cost-efficient way to alert your family of a developing fire. The more smoke alarms you have installed in your home, the more your chances increase that you will be alerted to a fire.

Fire extinguishers provide a tool to fight small fires. Having a fire extinguisher in your home can increase your chances of keeping a small fire from getting out of control and becoming a deadly rage.

Using both smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in your home, along with knowing what to do in case of fire, can help save your life! Fire can be a preventable tragedy!

 

Where does carbon monoxide come from?

CO can be produced by the combustion that occurs from fossil fuel burning appliances like a furnace, clothes dryer, range, oven, water heater, or space heater. When appliances and vents work properly, and there is enough fresh air in your home to allow complete combustion, the trace amounts of CO produced are typically not dangerous. And normally, CO is safely vented outside your home.

Problems may arise when something goes wrong. An appliance can malfunction, a furnace heat exchanger can crack, vents can clog, or debris may block a chimney or flue. Fireplaces, wood burning stoves, gas heaters, charcoal grills, or gas logs can produce unsafe levels of CO if they are unvented or not properly vented. Exhaust can seep into the home from vehicles left running in an attached garage. All these things can cause a CO problem in the home.

 

Develop My Emergency Escape Plan

Whether you live in a multi-story house, apartment, townhouse, or mobile home, the same home safety tips apply. Knowing what to do in case of fire and how to identify potential hazards can save the lives of the people you love most.

In addition to properly outfitting your home with smoke alarms, you should develop and regularly practice a home escape plan in case a real fire should occur. We have provided a convenient diagram (right) to help you develop your family's escape plan.

 

Safety Education

In an effort to educate children and families on the important topic of safety, we have created these exercises for children and parents to do together. These exercises will help you to better inform children about fire, smoke and carbon monoxide safety at school and at home.

 

Other useful and interesting links to fire and safety-related web sites