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Posted on: January 8, 2021

New Year's Resolution - Conduct a Home/Business Fire Safety Inspection

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The Irving Fire Department wants to remind everyone that conducting a HOME OR BUSINESS FIRE SAFETY INSPECTION is very important. 

Here is a list of the top ten things to look for when conducting a fire safety inspection:

  1.  Have working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms save lives, make sure you test them once a month and change the batteries twice a year when changing the clock for daylight savings.
  2. Have an appropriate size fire extinguisher for your home or business and know how to use it.
  3. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire. Create and practice a fire escape plan and make sure all exits are marked and unobstructed.
  4. Is there an address visible from the street or fire lane? Emergency personnel should be able to see your address from a distance to quickly identify where help is needed.
  5. Inspect your electrical cords. Make sure they are not damaged or in an area where they can be damaged. Do not run cords under a rug or carpet or through doorways and use the proper size.
  6. Regularly check electrical outlets to ensure that they are not overloaded and make sure to have electrical covers when outlets are not in use.
  7. Make sure all areas in and around your home or business are kept free from accumulated materials, paper, trash and other combustible materials.
  8. Use an approved container when storing or handling flammable and combustible liquids. Do not store anything that will burn in a central heat or water heater closet.
  9. Keep or maintain a three-foot clearance between all heating equipment and anything that can burn.
  10. Safely dispose of cigarettes in ashtrays or designated containers. Carelessly discarded cigarettes start many fires. 

 Remember, early notification can make all the difference — in case of fire, call 911 even if the fire is a small fire.

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