As the hot dry summer fades into cooler conditions, many people gladly welcome the holiday season and the weather that comes with it. However, while the cooler climate may be more desirable, this time of year brings uncertainty, as many fires are sparked in the dry, windy, and open areas similar to the Menifee terrain.
Each year, nearly 3,000 people die in the U. S. due to fires at home. Between 2003 and 2006, roughly two-thirds of home-fire deaths were a result of homes containing no working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms commonly do not work because the required batteries are missing or have been disconnected. Numerous people admit that they find smoke alarms to be a heavy nuisance, and this was found to be the leading cause for disconnected smoke alarms.
In order to make sure your home and family are well prepared for fire safety, it is recommended that you are aware of where all of the smoke alarms in your home are located and that you test and change their batteries about every 6 months. A tip to remembering to change the batteries is to make a habit of doing so every Daylight Savings. That way, you can be sure your home is prepared by partaking in a small change that could possibly save your entire family’s life in the event of a fire.
It is a good idea to practice fire drills and ensure that each family member is aware of every exit around your home, especially if you have young children. Make sure to plan for blocked exits, as that can cause confusion if a fire were to really occur. For example, a second story window could be the only possible exit if the stairway is blocked. It is also a good idea to have a predetermined place to meet away from the house in case you are separated from the others upon exit.
The right combination of fire prevention and preparedness can help an unfortunate experience from becoming a tragedy. In efforts to do so, make this fall season your year to fire proof your home so that you can relax and take pleasure in the cooler weather and enjoy the upcoming holidays safely.
More information on fire safety can be found by contacting Brian Walker at Farmer's Insurance Group located at 27070 Sun City Blvd. in Sun City, CA, or by phone at (951) 672-3476.