Summer is the perfect time to get outside, fire up the grill and make new memories with friends and family.
Before hosting your next get together, make sure your space is “summer-proof” and ready for action by taking stock of your home’s fire safety precautions. Here are three essential summer fire safety tips from First Alert.
Check and update alarms. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends installing smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on every level and in or near every bedroom of your home. Test alarms regularly and replace the batteries at least every six months. To eliminate the need for battery replacements, upgrade to 10-year sealed battery alarms. Remember that alarms don’t last forever and should be replaced at least every 10 years.
Gear up to grill. Before you fire up the barbecue for your next cookout, position it well away from the house on a flat surface and give it a good cleaning to remove built-up grease that could cause flare ups. Equip yourself with long-handled tools to provide plenty of clearance from the heat and flames. In case of an emergency, have a fire extinguishing device on-hand.
Make an escape plan. The warm weather makes summer the ideal time to plan and practise a home emergency plan with your entire family. Identify two exits out of each room, including windows and doors. Set a dedicated meeting spot a safe distance from the house and ensure everyone knows to call 911 only after they are safely outside. The NFPA recommends practising your home escape plan at least twice a year.
Learn more summer safety tips at firstalert.ca