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Stay at home safely: Fire safety and prevention tips

April 6, 2020

A girl standing next to a whiteboard with a daily schedule written on it

Did you know that most fires happen at home? That’s because it’s usually where people spend the most time. So what does that mean during a pandemic, when there’s a stay at home order and most of us are barely leaving the house at all?

It means we need to use some of that extra time to make our homes fire safe. Now more than ever, it’s important to keep in mind these basic fire prevention and safety measures:

  • If you have something cooking on the stove, stay in the kitchen and pay attention to it.

  • Take a break from that never-ending Monopoly game to test your smoke alarms.

  • Clean out your dryer’s lint trap every time you do laundry – a buildup of lint could start a fire.

  • Candles can be calming, but make sure they’re flameless.

  • Grilling is a great way to get out of the house for a bit. Just make sure yours is 3 feet from the side of your house.

  • If you’re a smoker, be sure to step outside to have a smoke, and dispose of your cigarette butt safely.

You may have bought extra toilet paper and other paper products when you stocked up for the quarantine. If so, think carefully about where you’re storing it. Make sure it’s not close to any heat source, such as a gas dryer or furnace. But also check to see if they’re blocking any exits you’d need in case of an emergency.

If you have kids, you may be looking for activities that will keep them occupied but won’t involve screen time. It’s a perfect time to make and practice your safe escape plan. Try adding it into the white board schedule along with math and reading. We have some ideas to get you started on our website.

Remember that, by staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re saving lives. Making sure your home is fire safe can help you save lives, too.