It’s always a smart time to consider fire safety.
As a proud provider of mortgages that help people buy their first homes, or begin building their dream homes, Fremont Bank wants to help you protect it – and everyone and everything in it – too.
Here are 7 things you can do to reduce the risk of fire in your home.
1. Invest in smoke alarms and test them regularly
If you’re using a battery-operated smoke detector, conduct a routine check every six months. You can also choose smoke detectors that can be hardwired into homes and send alerts to your smart devices to monitor for smoke and carbon monoxide.
2. Check appliances and heat sources
Remove build-up and food particles. (And remember to never leave cooking unattended!) Clean your lint trap and ensure the vent and filter are clear. This means not only your dryer– your fridge and A/C vents need love too. Schedule an annual check by a heating specialist and take care with space heaters and fireplaces.
3. Take care with electrical cords
Avoid too many appliances plugged into an outlet, which can cause it to overload. Replace frayed or chewed cords – which can happen easily if you have pets. Electrical cords can get hot, so you want to avoid running them under a rug or between your wall and furniture.
4. Store flammable items safely
Storing gasoline or other obviously flammable materials in containers designed for that purpose may be common knowledge. But did you know hair spray, cosmetics, and household cleaners can all be classified as flammable products, too? They can combust when placed too close to a heat source so opt for a cool, dry place.
5. Use caution with candles
A favorite scented candle can help make a house a home. Keep candles on even surfaces and away from furniture, drapes and blankets. Ensure candles are fully extinguished before you fall asleep.
6. Invest in fire extinguishers
Have at least one on each floor and ensure all family members know how to operate them. Confirm your units are not expired – they usually last an average of 5 to 15 years.
7. Have – and practice – a fire escape plan
Draw a floor plan of your home and devise two ways to escape from each room. Create a meeting place outside of the home. For multi story homes, include an escape ladder in each bedroom. Practice using this plan two or three times a year.
Fremont Bank is in the business of helping people find their dream homes and also save and plan for their family’s brightest futures. We hope these tips help you become more fire safety aware so you can live even more happily ever after in your home!