Fire Prevention Tips

Fire season is approaching in southern California so it’s time to start thinking about your safety plans, and most importantly, what you can do to prevent a fire from starting in the first place. Keep reading for some fire prevention tips so you can have a safe and enjoyable rest of your summer.

Open Flame

Avoid open flames indoors as much as possible. Make sure never to leave candles burning when you’re not in the same room, and always blow it out before you leave the house.

Additionally, don’t leave matches, lighters, or any other source of fire in reach of children. Youngsters, especially, have no concept of danger or the harm that fire can cause so don’t even give them the option to play with something so dangerous.

Smoke Alarms

A smoke might not prevent the fire from starting in the first place, but it could prevent the fire from spreading. The sooner you are made aware of a fire, the sooner you can contact your local fire department and potentially even begin putting the fire out yourself if it is small.

Make sure that you test your smoke alarms once a month to make sure they are working properly and change the batteries twice per year. An easy way to remember to change out your batteries is to do it at the changing of the clocks; so once when daylight saving time begins and once when it ends.

Electricity

Electrical fires were the second leading cause of residential fires in 2016, so making sure that you handle all of your electric appliances properly could potentially save you from a fire. Some tips include never overloading your outlets and always making sure that your cords and cables aren’t frayed or broken before plugging them in.

If you have any questions or want to know more about fire safety and prevention tips, then don’t hesitate to contact the Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation at (323) 881-3037!

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