October is National Fire Safety Month Fire Prevention & Safety Tips


At ISU O’Connor Insurance Associates we know how important it is for your family to fully understand the magnitude of fire safety.  Below are 6 things for you to do this month to ensure you family stays safe!

  1. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – make sure you have at least one on each floor, to ensure the safest environment for your family. Ideally, there should be one in each bedroom, in hallways on each floor of your home, and near living areas, like your family room.
  2. Changing batteries – make sure you change the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors two times per year. A good time to remember to change them is when the clocks change in the fall and spring.
  3. Smoke alarm installationsmoke alarms should be installed on the highest part of the ceiling; four inches from the nearest wall or on the wall itself, four to 12 inches from the ceiling. If you have a high point on your ceiling, place the alarm as high as possible. Remember, smoke rises.
  4. Carbon monoxide detector installationcarbon monoxide weighs the same as air, unlike smoke which rises, so you do not want to install them on the ceiling. Instead, place them near a normal electrical outlet or on the wall. Again, you should ideally have one in the hallways outside of your bedrooms and one on each floor of the house.
  5. Plan an escape route – make sure every member of your family knows the best routes out of the house. You should have a minimum of two escape routes. Make sure your children know exactly what they are supposed to do if they hear the smoke or carbon detector alarm go off. Have a “fire drill.” Sound the alarm for your children so they know what it sounds like and they are comfortable with the escape routes. If you live in a multi-story home, consider purchasing an escape ladder for each bedroom if you don’t have a nearby roof to jump onto from a window.
  6. Have a family plan – set a family meeting spot that is far enough away from the fire at your home, but easily accessible to all members of the family. Having a family meeting spot will allow you to know that everyone has safely made it out and away from the fire. Be sure to include your children in all fire safety plans. Education is the most important aspect of ensuring the safety of all members of your family.

Education is the most important aspect of ensuring the safety of all members of your family.

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