Fire Safety Week is the perfect time to talk about keeping your home safe from fires. We are getting ready to go into the winter months when a lot of home fires occur. This year the focus of Fire Safety Week is Cooking Safety, which is just one of the areas in your home where fires tend to start. In this blog you will find information about cooking safety, fireplace safety and other general tips for keeping your home safe from fire.
Fire Safety Week: Cooking Safety
There are a few simple tips to remember while cooking to keep your home safe. Cooking and the kitchen are a central part of our homes. We gather there while cooking. Dinner time can be a busy time in your home so these are just some simple reminders:
- Set a timer. It is easy to get something started in the kitchen and then go work on another task on your to-do list. Start that timer before you walk away.
- Keep your cooking area clean. Having a clean cooking area will result in safe cooking. If your cooking area is dirty then fires are much more likely to start so take a moment and clean up before you get started.
- Focus on the food. If you have to walk away set the timer as stated above, but if possible focus on your food. Keep an eye on all of your dishes to make sure dinner arrives safely to the table.
- Make your kitchen a kids free zone. Easier said than done in most cases, but it is a really good idea to keep kids away from your cooking area in the kitchen.
Fire Safety Week: Heat Safety
If you have heat in your home there are some safety checks you can do before firing those up this season.
- Fireplace. Be sure you have cleaned out your chimney and everything is all ready for that first fire of the season.
- Furnace. Take a moment to do an inspection of your heating system. Be sure filters are changed and that there are no issues with gas or boiler type systems.
If you are not able to do these inspections yourself higher a professional to help you.
Fire Safety Week: Dryer Safety
The last quick tip is to clean your dryer vent. You want to make sure you are cleaning out the lint filter with each run of the dryer, but the actual piping that vents out of your house from your dryer needs to be cleaned out, too. It is among the top reasons fires start in homes. Take a few minutes and clean out that vent!
Any cleaning or checking you can do to keep your home safe are worth the time your spend doing them. If you want to check out some more details about Fire Safety Week you can visit this website.