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Smoke Alarm Batteries

In addition to having fire safety ladders on the upper floors, it is important to change smoke alarm batteries once a year. (Make it a spring cleaning routine).

Changing batteries not only keeps everyone safe but avoids having to get up at 3 am when the pesky thing starts to chirp if the batteries are low.

Home Safety Ladders:

Each room in the house should have two fire escape exits.  It is a good idea to have ladders that can be dropped from second or third story windows.

Fire safety in the home is achieved through planning and preparation. 

These type of chain ladders or other portable ladder type can be stored under upstairs beds for quick access to allow for escape from second story windows or balconies if necessary. There are the ResQLadder FL25 Three-Story Portable Emergency Escape Ladder, 25 Foot ResQ Ladders and the lower cost Kidde fire escape ladders. Kidde KL-2S 13-Foot Two-Story Fire Escape Ladder with Anti-Slip Rungs


Fires can strike anywhere at any time.  In addition to installing smoke detectors in your home, you should have fire extinguishers stored in key areas like the kitchen, work shop and garage.  It is good practice to walk your family through a fire drill so they know exactly what to do if there is one. 

Make sure children know where the family will reunite if they have to leave the house in the event of a fire.

Here are some Home Fire Safety Tips to help minimize the risk of fire in your home:

  • Assign a special closet for combustible materials and dangerous tools that you don’t want your children to touch.  Locking the door and putting a heat detector inside is also a good idea.

  • Don’t overload electrical circuits with too many appliances. 

  • Don’t run extension cords under rugs or carpets because the cords can wear easily and may short out causing a fire.

  • Tape electrical cords to the walls, floors or baseboards instead of using nails or staples.
  • Replace frayed electrical cords.

  • Keep combustibles away from the furnace.

  • Fire departments supply stickers that can be placed in a window to alert firefighters to the presence of a child or physically challenged person in the home.

  • Call an electrician to examine an outlet or switch that is unusually warm or hot to the touch.

  • Ceiling fixtures and recessed lights trap heat and that can lead to fire.  Therefore, don’t use a high wattage bulb.  Use one that is 60 watts or fewer.

  • Always extinguish fire in a fireplace or wood stove before leaving the house or going to bed.

  • Unplug your hair dryer or any other small appliance in the bathroom when not in use.

  • An electric blanket should never be tucked in at the sides as that may cause overheating and subsequently fire.

  • Always turn a heating pad off before going to sleep.  It can cause burns in your home even at a low setting.

  • If you live or work in a high-rise building, locate the fire exits on your floor.  If the fire alarm does sound, remember to never use the elevator and go directly to the stairs.

  • If you live in a 2 story home and have upstairs bedrooms, make sure you have a portable safety ladder under the bed in case of emergency so you can get out from the upstairs windows or balcony in the event the stairs are blocked in a fire.

  • Smoke detectors won’t prevent a fire, but they save lives by alerting you to smoke.  Place one in the hallway near each separate sleeping area.  Check the batteries twice a year.  If you do this when daylight savings time begins in April and ends in October, it will help you to remember.

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