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Hey, hey! If you have followed my blog for a while, you know my amazing husband, Joe, is a firefighter. Well, I bet you didn't know that being married to a firefighter has some special privileges (note the hint of sarcasm). Special privileges like being lectured about fire safety tips, being asked 500 times if I watered the Christmas tree and turned the Christmas lights off, etc. You get the idea. And though it can be a tad irritating sometimes, I have to remind myself that he's just doing his best to make sure our home and family are safe which is super important.
Soooooo, today I figured I would share some fire safety tips with you. Yes, that's right. I'm lecturing you through the computer, but it's for your own good :) After all, there's no point in creating a beautiful home full of DIY projects you have worked your butt off on if you don't protect it from catching on fire!
Cooking Fire Safety Tips
Everyone cooks in their kitchen, at least sometimes! So you need to learn how NOT to set your kitchen on fire. You would be SHOCKED to learn how often Joe goes to house fires that originated from cooking in the kitchen. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking causes almost half (48%) of reported home fires and (45%) home fire injuries, one of every five (22%) home fire deaths, and one-sixth (17%) of the direct property damage from home fires. Scary, huh?
But you can avoid becoming one of the statistics. Below are some tips for staying safe while cooking.
- Test all of the smoke alarms in your house – change the batteries if you can’t remember the last time you did it! They should be changed every six months. We change ours whenever the time changes, that way it's easy to remember!
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the house and never use water to put out a kitchen fire. We keep ours underneath our kitchen sink for everyday purposes.
- If you plan on frying in the kitchen, go ahead and pull your fire extinguisher out so that it's readily accessible. Whenever I make my famous chicken fried steak, I put our fire extinguisher right out on the counter, just in case!
- Make sure electrical outlets throughout the house aren’t overloaded with plugs, and that cords aren’t frayed or cracked.
- Make sure the stove top and counters are clean of any grease before you start cooking up a storm.
- Never leave the kitchen unattended – and make sure to check the oven often if you are roasting or broiling food. Better yet, stay in the kitchen and do your meal prep for the whole week!
- Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, towels, napkins, etc.— away from your stovetop.
- If your clothes catch fire, remember the golden rule: “Stop, Drop and Roll.” This little dance can actually prevent you from getting hurt.
- If you do accidentally start a fire, don’t be a hero – call the professionals.
- If you do have the misfortune of suffering from a kitchen fire, do not attempt cleanup yourself. Call a professional like ServiceMaster Restore. They are available 24/7 to provide guidance, expertise and personalized care to get your home and life back to normal as quickly as possible.
Space Heater Safety Tips
Phew, now that we've covered how to stay safe in the kitchen, let's move on to talk about how to stay safe with space heaters. So many people have space heaters, yet few know how dangerous they can be. But you'll be wise to those dangers because you are reading these tips :)
- When purchasing a space heater, look for a label from a recognized testing laboratory verifying that the heater's construction and performance meet voluntary U.S. safety standards.
- Make sure that the device has a sensor that shuts it off automatically if it overheats.
- Ensure cords are in good working condition and never plug the space heater into a surge protector. Many surge protectors cannot handle the high-wattage, which could result in a fire.
- Keep drapes and flammable items away from space heaters. To ensure this, leave at least three feet clear on all sides of the space heater. I promise our space heater is 3 feet away from these curtains in our dining room, though it looks closer in the photo, lol!
- Always unplug space heaters when going to bed or leaving the room.
The single most important thing you can remember if you start a fire in the kitchen OR your space heater catches something on fire is to GET OUT, STAY OUT and call for help! If you haven't already worked out a fire safety plan for your family, add it to your to do list! It's important that kids and adults have multiple options for getting out of your house in case of a fire, and be sure to designate a meeting place (such as a neighbor's house) for where you will all go in case you have to use different exits.
And remember that cleaning up from a fire is best left to the professionals. When the firefighters leave, it may seem like the danger has passed and your home is safe again. But without professionals like ServiceMaster Restore to clean up the smoke damage, your home is not totally safe. Ash and smoke can cause corrosion and powerful odors that need to be dealt with. But professionals can stop those issues before they become major problems.