Fire prevention reminders
Published 9:24 pm Tuesday, October 10, 2017
In over a week, there have been three structure fires in the city of LaGrange. Thankfully, no one was hurt and all the homes were vacant when they occurred.
It’s important to remember that a fire can happen in anyone’s home.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration’s website, 59 fatalities have occurred in Georgia so far this year.
One of the easiest things you can do to prepare in case of a fire is to check that your smoke alarm is working, according to Ready.gov’s website. Make sure to replace batteries every year and replace the alarm itself every eight to ten years. Working smoke alarms increase surviving home fires, according to the website.
Additionally, living in a world where records can be kept on a computer, make digital copies of important documents and records.
As it gets colder with the winter approaching, portable space heaters are often used. Make sure to keep flammable items three-feet away from them, according to Ready.gov.
Electrical fires can be caused by frayed wires. Make sure to replace them and do not have cords run under rugs and furniture, the website said.
Always replace light switches and lights that are hot to the touch and flicker immediately.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration’s Website, cooking fires made up half of residential fire causes in 2015. Ready.gov says to stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. Make sure to turn off the stove if you have to leave the kitchen.
While the local fire department does a great job responding to and putting out fires, it’s best to prevent those calls from coming in overall.
Preparing could save your life.