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Video:Fire Safety for Your Home

with Kathy Moore

Is your home fire-safe? This program offers advice and information on improving fire safety in your home.See Transcript

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Transcript:Fire Safety for Your Home

Hi, I am Kathy Moore for About.com Parenting. Keeping your kids safe is important to every parent. You hold their hand in crowds and buckle them up in their car seats. But what about your home? Is it safe from fire? This program offers advice and information on improving fire safety in your home.

Check Detectors

First, be sure every floor of your home has a smoke detector installed and that it is working properly. Batteries should be changed at least once a year. A good way to remember this is to replace the batteries when you change your clocks for daylight savings time.

Plan Fire Exits

Make sure all windows are in working order. In the event of a fire, windows may provide the only safe exit from a room. Have a fire escape plan and practice it with the whole family.

Fire Safety Checklist

In our house we conduct a fire safety inspection twice a year. You can check with your local Fire Department for ideas on what to include in an inspection. Here is my checklist:

1. Extension Cord Safety: Inspect extension cords to be sure they are not worn or frayed. If you use extension cords in the home make sure they do not run across a doorway or under the carpet. Teach your children not to play with electrical cords or near electrical outlets. Be careful not to overload electrical outlets. Unplug toasters and coffeemakers when not in use.

2. Space Heater Safety: If you have a space heater in your home, be sure to keep the area around it clear and free from anything that might catch fire. Teach your kids not to play near it and not to touch it.

3. Stove Safety: Teach your kids not to touch anything on the stove. Remember when you are cooking to keep the handles of pots and pans pointed back, away from curious hands.

4. Match Safety: Keep matches and lighters up and away from children's reach, preferably out of sight. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 2 out of every 3 child-involved fires are started by children playing with matches or lighters.

5. Candle Safety: Candles can be another fire hazard in the home. Keep burning candles away from anything flammable. Use candleholders that will not tip over and are large enough to collect any dripping wax. Blow out all candles before leaving a room or going to bed. And of course keep burning candles out of the reach of children. Remind them that candles are fun to have on a birthday cake, but that they should never be near any flame without an adult.

6. Regular Inspections: Finally, it is a good idea to have your furnace and water heater professionally inspected once a year to keep them working safely and properly.

These few simple steps will help ensure your home is fire-safe. Thanks for watching. To learn more visit us on the Web at parenting.about.com.
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