This weekend I headed out to Home Depot for one of their free community workshops on how to keep my home, and more importantly my family, safe in case of fire. The Home Depot, in partnership with NFPA and Kidde, is helping raise awareness of fire safety throughout October by offering in-store fire safety workshops for kids and adults. (You can find a workshop at a The Home Depot store near you.)
When I got to our local Home Depot, there wasn’t anyone there for the workshop! The good news is, the nice folks at Home Depot just gave me my own private information session on all of the safety equipment, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors. This October, The Home Depot has simple tips to help your families stay safe.
While I was at my own local Home Depot, I learned A LOT about fire safety. Since this was new information to me, I thought I should definitely share it with you!
All smoke detectors are not created equal. Have you ever had a smoke detector near the kitchen that went off pretty much every time you cooked? (And no, not because you were a horrible cook…) That could be a sign that you didn’t have the right type of smoke detector installed in that location. Different smoke detectors use different types of sensor technology. My local Home Depot recommended photoelectric smoke alarms near the kitchen. Taking the battery out of a smoke detector that goes off every time you cook – NOT a good idea. Try a different detector instead.
Do you know the ABC’s of fire extinguishers? When using a fire extinguisher, you want to make sure it is appropriate for the situation. Different types of fires can be put out in different ways. Check the box for the ABC Label. It will tell you what types of fires the extinguisher will work on.
You should also keep size in mind with fire extinguishers. A kitchen extinguisher might not need to be as big as an extinguisher that you might keep in the garage. Most kitchen fires happen when you’re standing right there, so you might not need a huge tank to put it out. (Do what’s best for your own situation though.) In fact, I’m going to add one of the small kitchen extinguishers to my pantry. I didn’t even know they made these!
While a home fire can be extremely dangerous, the proper knowledge and preparation can make the difference. All homeowners should take 10 minutes to make sure their home is properly protected from fires by doing things such as:
- Taking inventory that smoke alarms are on every level of the home and inside each bedroom;
- Making and practicing a fire escape plan, with two ways out of every room and an outside meeting place;
- Installing carbon monoxide alarms on each level of the home;
- Searching for hidden hazards such as damaged electrical cords or overloaded outlets; and
- Scheduling regular cleanings of chimneys and flues at least once a year.
Home Depot has a great selection of everything you need to prepare your home and identify and fix fire hazards. Not to mention, the staff is always there to answer your questions and help you figure out what’s best for you home.
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