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Friday, September 9, 2016

Keep Your Home Safe from Fire

By Jose Lamas — Financial Capability Educator

With fall upon us, here are some tips for keeping you and your family safe from fire at home.

Electrical Fire Safety
  • Plug only one heat-producing appliance (like a coffee maker or toaster oven) into a wall outlet at a time.
  • Never use extension cords with heating or air conditioning equipment.
  • Do not use damaged electrical cords or power overload outlets.
  • Turn off and unplug space heaters when you leave the room or go to bed.

General Fire Safety
  • Make sure that items that could catch fire — such as wood, paper, cloth, rubber, trash, and plastics — are not too close to heating registers, space heaters, stoves, or fireplaces.
  • Avoid smoking in bed or near furniture that can catch on fire easily. Make sure cigarettes and ashes are completely out.
  • Do not let children play with matches or lighters.
  • Remind your children regularly about the dangers of fire.
  • Place fire extinguishers for every level of your home and install smoke alarms.

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