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Posted on: August 7, 2020

Home Fire Safety Amid COVID-19

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The Irving Fire Department reminds everyone the importance of keeping your home fire safe as we all work through this pandemic that is sweeping the nation. HOME FIRE SAFETY is especially important as more people are working from home while children learn from home.

Look for and fix potential hazards in your home. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Ensure your home has working smoke alarms on every level, outside all sleeping areas and in all bedrooms. Test them monthly to make sure they’re working.
  • More time at home means more time to cook. Cooking continues to be the leading cause of home fires each year. Never leave cooking unattended, teach children that hot things can burn and have a kid-free zone of 3 feet around appliances.
  • Review electrical safety at home; make sure electrical appliances are plugged directly into wall outlets rather than extension cords, and follow these safety tips to protect your family.
  • To be safe while being productive, be sure to plug electronic devices directly into wall outlets, and place them on hard surfaces rather than under a pillow or blanket, or on a couch.
  • Make sure everyone in your home knows your home fire escape plan. Practice the escape plan. Factor in options for family members who may fall asleep in front of the TV in a family room or basement.
  • More people at home may mean more people smoking at home. If you smoke, smoke outside and extinguish butts in deep ashtrays, water or sand. Never put butts directly into trash can.
  • Be prepared for emergencies. Have an emergency kit at home to keep your family safe. Click here to see the National Fire Protection’s emergency planning checklist.

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