There are 3 important steps to making your home fire safe:
- The National Fire Protection Association recommends installing US or ETL rated smoke alarms on every level in your home, in every bedroom, and outside of all sleeping areas. Test smoke alarms once a month. Replace the batteries at least once a year. A good rule of thumb is to change the batteries when you change your clocks. Replace any smoke alarm after 10 years. Don’t forget to check your emergency flashlights as well.
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location on every level of your home. Test monthly and check batteries every time you change the clocks. Most carbon monoxide or smoke alarms come with a bracket to hang from the wall or ceiling using screws and a screwdriver.
- Have an ABC classification re extinguisher on every level of the home, especially in the kitchen. Check the gauge monthly and replace as needed, or after 12 years. Most importantly, have a re escape plan and practice it with everyone in the household.
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