As the weather gets cooler, more and more homes and businesses will begin turning on their heat sources. But before you crank up the thermostat or light the fire, there are a few things you should do to ensure your safety.
Test Smoke Detectors
You should test your smoke detectors at the beginning of every month, but also when you are switching the heat on. It’s easy to test your smoke alarm and will ensure continued safety. If the smoke alarm needs a new battery, you will most likely hear a high-pitch beep every few minutes until you replace the battery. If you have monitored smoke detectors from J&J Security, this ensures the continued protection and reliability you desire.
Make an Exit Plan
In the event of a fire emergency, have a fire exit plan in place that everyone knows about. For your home, educate your children about what to do in the event of a home fire, and if you own a business make sure all emergency and regular exits are clearly marked for guests. Practice regular fire drills, too, to ensure that everyone knows what actions to take.
Practice Fire Safety
Fire safety is only as good as the regular practices you day in and day out. While having your smoke detectors working and monitored by a third party, and a fire exit plan are both good things to have in place in the case of a fire, just practicing fire safety in your home or business is the best thing you can do to protect what you care about.
This is rather easy, too. Make sure air ducts are clean and clear, including the air vent to the dryer (regularly check for built up lint debris). Blow out candles and keep them away from flammables. Also unplug and turn off lights around the home when not in use. If you use a wood or gas fireplace, ensure the fireplace is off and the fire is out after every use. Never leave towels or other flammable objects near a stove that’s turned on. There are several other safe practices you can do to protect your home, family and business.
If you’re looking for more information on fire safety or home protection, call J&J Security at 877.532.SAFE(7233) or visit the website for more information. You can also speak with your local fire department to learn more about protecting your home against fires.