Protect Your Home from Fire

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Real Estate Agent with Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta

Believe it or not, winter is fire season.  Cooking, candles, overburdened electrical outlets and  people trying to stay warm with fires and space heaters all raise the risk of fire.  A few precautions, however, can keep homeowners safer.  Here are some tips:

  • When using a fireplace, open the damper for proper ventilation.
  • Never use a stove-top or oven to heat your home.
  • All heaters need space. Keep things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least three feet away from heating equipment.
  • Major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall outlet, never an extension cord.
  • Be alert to recurring issues with blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers. Investigate the cause before replacing fuses or resetting breakers or call an electrician.

Call a licensed electrician if you have:

  • A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance
  • Discolored or warm wall outlets or switches
  • A burning smell or rubbery odor coming from an appliance
  • Sparks from an outlet
  • Flickering or dimming lights
  • Install working smoke alarms on every level and near each sleeping area.  Become familiar with state requirements for smoke detectors
  • Replace the batteries annually, if needed. Some models have long-life batteries intended to last up to 10 years. Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested.
  • Ionization smoke detectors, which are less expensive, typically are faster at detecting flaming, fast-moving fires, while photoelectric detectors respond more quickly to smoldering fires. A third option is dual sensors, which incorporate both technologies. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends having both ionization and photoelectric alarms or to install dual sensors.
  • For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the house. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Make sure everyone in the house can hear and knows how to respond to the sound of the smoke alarm. Have a meeting place (something permanent like a tree, light pole or mailbox) a safe distance away.
  • Make an escape plan. Draw a floor plan of each level of the home. Discuss it with all members of your household.

Stay safe and warm this winter!

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Rainer
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Thanks for your tips, Anne. Its true, and I have to agree, that as we continue to experience this storm, more and more people will be using different ways to keep warm. Surely hope lots of people will get to read your post and truly take precaution.

Thanks once again!

Feb 03, 2011 11:32 AM #1
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What a great post.

As an Assistant Fire Chief thanks for the post.

Good luck in your area.

Feb 03, 2011 11:37 AM #2
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