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October is National Fire Prevention Month

Do what you can to protect what matters most. Practice the following fire safety tips to help prevent a disastrous fire in the home.

  • Create a fire escape plan and make sure that everyone is familiar with the steps, including kids. Take the time to practice often, so that no one forgets what to do in case of a real fire.
  • Replace batteries in every smoke detector when Daylight Savings ends and begins (only a few more weeks!). According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA.org), 3 out of 5 home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with either no smoke alarm or homes with alarms not in working order.
  • Don’t overload an electrical outlet and go easy on your surge protectors.
  • If you have an in-home fireplace, have your chimney inspected before you make your first fire of the season.

If your home does have a fire, get out, stay out, and call for help.