Many Oklahoma residents turn to gas fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, space heaters, and electric blankets to stay warm in the cold winter months.
It’s important to stay safe, take precautions and be prepared to escape if a fire does occur. Minutes can mean life and death in a fire situation; how can you be prepared?
Tips for Home Fire Safety
- Install working smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside each bedroom and outside sleeping areas.
- Replace batteries in smoke detectors once a year at the same time. To help remember, replace your batteries on one of the time change weekends or another memorable date. Replace alarms every 10 years.
- Do not leave your kitchen unattended when cooking.
- Have a plan and discuss it with your family and children. Plan an escape route and alternate routes. Practice it with your family.
- Replace faulty or worn-out electrical appliances or appliances with frayed cords.
- Clean the lint filter on your clothes dryer every time you use it and clean your dryer exhaust duct once per year.
- Clear space around your heater. Anything that could catch fire; curtains, clothing, bedding, children’s toys, and extra firewood – check your specific type of heater for clearance suggestions.
- Electric heaters should be turned off at the power source when not using them.
- A fireplace should be completely extinguished before you go to bed or leave your house.
- Have a fire extinguisher in your home.
- Beware of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is an odorless and colorless gas that is formed when something burns, commonly wood or gas. Make sure that all smoke and gas fumes (even though you can’t smell them) are vented to the outside. Purchase a carbon monoxide detector for use in sleeping areas and where wood or gas is burned.
More than 2,200 people die each year due to fires at home. Most of these deaths by home fire are in homes with no smoke alarms or in homes with smoke alarms that do not work.
A smoke alarm’s warning can cut the risk of dying from a fire in your home by almost half. Smoking materials, including cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, started an estimated 17,200 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2014.
No matter the precautions you take in your home, there are some things that cannot be prevented by your safety measures. Potential fire hazards also exist in defective products like electric blankets and heaters.
Even if you use these products under their safety recommended guidelines, if defective, they can pose a risk to you, your family and your home.
Register your products online, this will allow manufacturers to notify you if you have a recalled product. Another way to stay up to date on safety recalls is to receive alerts from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. CPSC sends updates via email on current recalled items.
If you’ve been injured or hurt because of a defective product, please contact the personal injury attorneys at Carr & Carr. We might be able to help you receive compensation allowed by law for damages or injuries. We work with individuals and families across the United States who have been hurt by dangerous products.