Avoid the Risk: Ask Yourself These Questions on Fire Safety

Do you have adequate smoke detectors in your home? 
Every home should have at least one working smoke alarm. It is best to install approved smoke alarms on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas and inside bedrooms. Test your fire alarms every month and replace the batteries once a year. 
How good are your electrics? 
Never overload electrical circuits or extension cords. Don’t place cords or wires under rugs, over nails or in high traffic areas. If any of your electric cables worn or taped up, they should be replaced immediately. Shut off and unplug any appliances that sputter, spark or emit an unusual smell. 
Is your stovetop clear of flammable objects? 
Keep wires, cloths and oven gloves away from the stove top. Also, don’t let grease or other remains build up – they can go up in flames! 
Is your toaster clean and away from curtains? 
Clean your toaster periodically and make sure it’s positioned well away from any curtains or flammable materials. Also, it’s best to unplug appliances when not in use. 
Has your chimney been swept? 
If you have a fireplace, you should have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year. Give yourself enough time to make any necessary repairs before the cold weather sets in. 
If you have an electric blanket, is it damaged? 
Fraying, scorch marks, dampness and loose connections are all dangerous. If your blanket shows any signs of damage, replace it. Don’t leave your electric blanket switched on all night unless it has thermostatic controls for safe all-night use. And, when you store it, avoid folding.
Do you have several easy-to-use fire extinguishers in your home? 
It’s a good idea to have several, and make sure that all family members know where they are located and how to properly use them. 
Do you have an escape plan? 
Practice an escape plan with your family. Stay low to the floor when escaping from fire and never open doors that are hot. Have a set location where everyone can meet after escaping the house. Get out safely first, and then call for help.