Undoubtedly firefighters are heroes in our community and we especially honor them this week for training and being prepared to put their life in danger to save ours.
But, we can do things to help them by assessing our homes and businesses for fire hazards.
Your assessment should include:
•Making sure smoke detectors work.
•Chimneys are clear of debris, including bird nests.
•Fire extinguishers are filled and easy to reach.
•Review escape plans and don’t forget to tell all occupants were to meet if smoke or fire does break out in your home or business.
People can often get disoriented in a smoke-filled room and children will hide under beds and in closets when scared.
By having a place to meet, you can help firefighters and other first responders know if everyone is safely out of a burning building.
Also never go back into a building.
Nothing is more important than your life.
Let our firefighters get others out or your precious pets.
They have been trained and wear the correct protective gear.
If you don’t remember, California has also implemented a carbon monoxide detector law whereby every home must have a working CO2 detector.
Though no one will come to your door to see if you have complied with the law, be aware that if someone dies in your home of carbon monoxide poisoning, you can be criminally charged if you didn’t have a detector.
A few dollars can save you and your loved ones from succumbing to the odorless, tasteless gas that can fill up your home from faulty furnaces or from a smoky fire.
Most fire victims die from smoke inhalation or carbon monoxide poisoning, which can build up before a smoke detector even sounds its alarm.
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