Fire Prevention TipsThe Akron Fire Department is committed to promoting fire prevention and safety. One of the most effective ways to prevent fires is through education and awareness. In this blog post, we will provide some tips on how to prevent fires from happening and what to do if a fire does occur.
- Smoke Detectors: Make sure you have working smoke detectors installed in every room of your home. Test the detectors regularly and replace batteries as needed. Smoke detectors can save your life in the event of a fire by alerting you to the danger early.
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Ensure you have working carbon monoxide detectors. In 2022, Akron City Council passed an ordinance requiring homes and apartment buildings to be equipped with functioning carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer and is oftentimes odorless. Cooking Safety: Cooking is one of the leading causes of house fires. Always stay in the kitchen while cooking, and never leave food unattended on the stove. Keep flammable objects away from the stove and keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
- Electrical Safety: Inspect your electrical cords and appliances regularly to ensure they are in good working order. Do not overload outlets and do not use frayed or damaged cords. Unplug appliances when not in use.
- Space Heaters: Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can catch fire, such as furniture, curtains, or bedding. Turn off heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Candles: Never leave candles unattended and keep them away from flammable objects. Use candle holders that are sturdy and will not tip over easily.
- Smoking: Smoking is one of the leading causes of fire deaths. Never smoke in bed, and do not smoke when drowsy or under the influence of medication or alcohol. Always dispose of smoking materials in a safe manner.
- Escape Plan: Create a fire escape plan for your home and practice it with your family. Make sure everyone knows two ways out of every room in case of a fire.
In conclusion, fire prevention is key to keeping yourself and your family safe. By following these simple tips, you can greatly reduce your risk of a fire occurring in your home. The Akron Fire Department is committed to keeping our community safe, and we encourage you to take these steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.