4 Essential Tips To Keep Your Home Fire-Safe
Winter brings with it cosy evenings by the fireplace, warm blankets, and hot cocoa. However, it’s also a time when the risk of house fires increases due to various factors like heating appliances, cooking, and other hazards. To ensure the safety of your home and loved ones, it’s crucial to take preventive measures and equip your home with the right tools.
1. Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms are your first line of defence against fires. Ensure that you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Regularly test the alarms to ensure they are functioning correctly.
2. Keep Looking When Cooking
Cooking fires are a common cause of home fires, especially during the winter months. Never leave the kitchen unattended while cooking, especially when using stovetops or ovens. Flammable items such as oven mitts, dish towels, and paper towels, should be kept away from heat sources. If you need to step away, turn off the stove or oven.
3. Invest in SafeLink
Purchasing an Emerald SafeLink is a game-changer for fire safety in your home. This smart Wi-Fi-enabled gateway device links your Emerald smoke alarm network to your Emerald app, allowing you to monitor the status of your smoke alarms through your phone and instantly receive notifications for triggered alarms at anytime, anywhere. Click here for more about SafeLink.
4. Develop and Practice an Escape Plan
A well-thought-out escape plan is crucial in case of a fire emergency. Create a detailed plan with clear escape routes and designated meeting points outside the house. Involve every member of your household and practice the escape plan regularly, especially during winter when it may be more challenging to navigate due to reduced visibility.