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5 Things to Include in Your Fire Safety Plan

When there’s a fire in your home, quick thinking and preparation will save your family, which is why it’s prudent to have a detailed fire safety plan. The fire protection equipment experts from Northland Fire are committed to your safety, so they’ve compiled items to add to your plan.

5 Fire Protection Equipment & Safety Procedures to Keep You Safe

1. Keep Items Away From the Stove

Most fires in the home begin in the kitchen due to carelessness; an overhanging towel near your burner can ignite and spread, or a wooden spoon falls out of a pot and catches fire. Keeping flammable items away from the oven and stove is key.

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2. Don’t Overload Power Outlets

Another common cause of household fires is overloaded power circuits. When using a power strip or connecting chords to your outlets, less is more. Keep an eye out for any frayed extension or appliance chords and replace them immediately to minimize chances of an electrical fire.

3. Always Keep a Fire Extinguisher at Home

A fire can break out unexpectedly in any area of your home, which is why keeping accessible fire protection equipment on hand is important. Northland Fire & Safety Inc. suggests storing a fire extinguisher in the kitchen to keep you and your family protected.

4. Inspect Furnace & Water Heater Annually

Like most household appliances, your furnace and water heater need to be properly maintained to function their best. Since they’re fuel burning appliances, they can pose a fire hazard if they’re not properly serviced.Inspect your furnace and boiler annually.

5. Plan a Family Fire Drill

Planning a family fire drill is a great way to practice fire safety in the home. Sit down with the family and create an escape plan and then put it into action one weekend or evening.

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