Ask Danny | Ep. 15: Fire Safety Tips Straight From the Experts

Today's Homeowner TV host Danny Lipford chats with Steven Millhouse and Dwight Smith with Mobile Fire-Rescue about home fire safety
Danny Lipford chats about household fire safety with Steven Millhouse and Dwight Smith with Mobile Fire-Rescue. (3 Echoes Information Studio)

October is Nationwide Hearth Prevention Thirty day period, so this 7 days, I’m chatting with Capt. Dwight Smith and Steven Millhouse with Mobile Fire-Rescue in Alabama about their best fire security suggestions for house owners.

Firefighters outside of a burning home
When you’ve escaped a dwelling hearth, in no way go back within to retrieve any products. (davelogan, Getty Photos Signature)

Fireplace Security Plan

How do you put together a fireplace safety system?

Stephen: The 1st factor is to actually have a prepare. A lot of really do not even think about it until an emergency takes place. You want to have a approach in put in particular if you have modest little ones or elderly individuals living with you as very well.

  • Know the seem of the smoke alarm.
  • Apply escaping the dwelling properly.
  • Know your usually means of egress, no matter whether it is the nearest doorway or window if you have a multi-story residence.
  • Let your little ones exercise crawling. You can make it like a sport to make it fun for them. 
  • Have a safe and sound assembly place outside, regardless of whether it is the mailbox, a big tree at the conclusion of the driveway, or a neighbor’s property.
  • Get out and stay out. Really don’t run back again in for pets, image albums or anything at all like that. Call 911 and allow the experts do their task. 

Dwight: To extend on owning little ones apply crawling, generating it like a recreation also can make it a reality to them since it tends to make them familiar with what they have to have to do.

Immediate them to really feel on doorways, and explain to them if it feels very hot, then they really should go to the window. 

Even although you are instructing this to them as a match, you are familiarizing them on how to get out of the house in case there is a fire. 

Fire extinguisher against a white wall in a home
Every single property demands a multi-intent fireplace extinguisher. (picture_chaz, Getty Illustrations or photos Signature)

Fire Extinguishers

What are some fireplace extinguisher recommendations?

Dwight: A common dwelling must have at the very least two fireplace extinguishers: a single for the laundry space and a person for the kitchen area. 

Know what form of fireplace extinguisher you require. Fire extinguishers are categorized according to the class of fireplace they extinguish — Course A, Course B, Class C, Class, D, and Course K.

Class of Fireplace Description
Class A Fires Fires in standard combustible products, these kinds of as wooden, fabric, paper, rubber, and many plastics.
Class B Fires Fires in flammable liquids, combustible liquids, petroleum greases, tars, oils, oil-primarily based paints, solvents, lacquers, alcohols, and flammable gases.
Course C Fires Fires that involve energized electrical equipment.
Class D Fires Fires in combustible metals, these as magnesium, titanium, zirconium, sodium, lithium, and potassium.
Class K Fires Fires in cooking appliances that involve flamable cooking media (vegetable or animal oils and fats).
National Hearth Avoidance Affiliation

In most scenarios, homeowners need a multiple-goal hearth extinguisher, which is classified as A, B and C. 

Towel accidentally catches fire on stove
The amount just one bring about of fires in a dwelling is unattended cooking. (Pears2295, Getty Photographs Signature)

Residence Fires

What are some of the dangers that lead to a home fireplace? 

Stephen: The selection just one result in of fires in a residence is unattended cooking. This commonly happens in the kitchen area, but depending on the time of 12 months it could take place outside the house. 

For the duration of soccer time and summer time when people are grilling, a fire could simply take place exterior. If you’re working with a deep frier, grill or smoker, you cannot cook if you’re not in that spot. 

As a hearth basic safety precaution, continue to be there and go to to regardless of what you are cooking, and have an out of doors fire extinguisher nearby, so you’re prepared in case anything transpires. 

Also, just before you go away your residence, incorporate creating sure your iron and oven are off to your mental checklist of items you want to do. 

Hands adjust a smoke detector as a fire safety precaution
The batteries in most contemporary smoke detectors past for 10 yrs, but you really should continue to on a regular basis test them. (Kevin Brine, Getty Images)

Smoke Detectors

What is some smoke detector maintenance property owners really should know?

Dwight: You must substitute your smoke detector soon after 10 years. Mobile Fireplace-Rescue has a plan to change out smoke alarms and batteries for citizens, and we have observed a ton of smoke alarms that are more than 20 yrs previous that are not doing work. 

Stephen: Test your smoke alarm to make sure it is continue to operational. If you listen to that chirping seem, never disregard it. That means it is time to improve out your smoke alarm batteries. 

Electric heater on a hard floor in a home as a fire safety precaution
Often put a area heater on a difficult, flat area. (-aniaostudio-, Getty Pictures

Place Heaters

What are some fire protection tips for room heaters?

Stephen: The most effective detail you can do when employing a area heater is abide by the manufacturer’s recommendations and give it area.

You can not work a house heater if you’re not in that area. It’s supplemental warmth for a modest region, so it is not intended to heat an overall area or home.

  • Plug the house heater immediately into a wall outlet and never into an extension wire.
  • Keep it at minimum 3 toes absent from just about anything. 
  • Operate it on a flat, really hard surface. Really do not put it on a carpet or rug or wherever it may possibly tip about. 
  • Really don’t place it on a table or beneath a desk. It is tempting to do this in an workplace placing to warm your feet, but it’s straightforward to ignore that it is there. 

View of a metal chimney cap
A metallic chimney cap will continue to keep critters out. (3 Echoes Content material Studio)


How normally and when ought to you sweep your chimney?

Stephen: An essential part of fire security is sweeping your chimney at the very least the moment a year, specifically just prior to you light-weight it at the start of a new season.

Every single period, there are all sorts of matters that could be in that chimney — squirrels, birds, leaves, sticks, brush, something which is amassed even though you have not been using it.

Have it skillfully inspected, cleaned and swept prior to you mild it for chilly temperature months.

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