It’s Chicago Fire Prevention Week from October 4 to October 10, 2020. Organized by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the event is a good time to review your safety practices to make sure that your household is prepared in the event of a fire. While there are many simple things that you can do to avoid fires and burn injuries, inspecting and maintaining your safety equipment is a must.
In the guide below, Lerner and Rowe goes over the steps to properly inspect your home fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. While we hope that you never have to use your fire extinguisher and that your smoke detector never goes off, it’s important to ensure that they’re working well should a fire happen.
How to Inspect Your Fire Extinguisher
You should have one fire extinguisher for every floor of your house at a minimum. It’s a good idea to keep one near the kitchen, the garage, and any significant source of heat. During Chicago Fire Prevention Week, check your fire extinguishers for the following:
- Make sure that the fire extinguisher is easily accessible and visible
- Check to see that the locking pin is intact and the tamper seal is unbroken
- Check the pressure gauge to make sure that the fire extinguisher is in operating parameters
- Lift the fire extinguisher to manually check that it’s full
- Read the service tag date and make sure that the extinguisher has had its annual inspection
Having a properly functioning fire extinguisher can make a tremendous difference for your family’s safety and limiting property damage in the event of a fire. The simple steps above will make sure that this hugely important piece of safety equipment is in working order.
How to Inspect Your Smoke Detector
Smoke detectors are an often overlooked part of home safety. Neglecting them can be a huge mistake. According to the NFPA, three out of five home fire fatalities come from homes with defective fire alarm systems or no smoke detectors. Chicago Fire Prevention Week is an excellent time to make sure that your smoke detectors are in working order. Here’s what you need to do:
- If your smoke detector has a “test” button, be sure to run it monthly
- Clean your smoke detectors; dust, cobwebs, and debris can interfere with performance
- Replace the batteries; this should be done every year and you can use Chicago Fire Prevention Week as a reminder
- Check the date of your smoke detector, as many models need replacing after 8-10 years
- Never disable smoke detectors for convenience, even temporarily
Having working smoke detectors in your home is vital. They can make the difference between a minor accident and catastrophic injuries. As the NFPA’s data shows, fire alarm systems can make the difference between life and death. Please make sure that your system is in working order.
Contact Lerner and Rowe
Lerner and Rowe hopes that you use Chicago Fire Prevention Week to review your fire safety practices and reinforce what you already know. Unfortunately, some fires occur due to dangerous products and negligent behavior. If you or a loved one have suffered a burn injury because of those reasons, please contact us immediately.
You can reach Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our team is available by phone at 708-222-2222. You can also contact us online through secure contact form and LiveChat. Consultations are free and we do not collect any fees unless your case is won.