Next week is Fire Prevention Week, the longest-running public health observance in our country! It started under President Calvin Coolidge in 1925 and is observed every year during the week of October 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire. Use this as an opportunity to evaluate your home’s safety and to consider how you would respond in the event of a fire.
Look for places where a fire could start. The first thing I always worry about is the dryer vent. The lint that collects in those vents is extremely flammable. Clean it out after every use and maintain the entire exhaust system regularly.
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. Most fires happen at night, making a functional fire alarm a literal life saver. Test it often and replace batteries regularly.
Learn two ways out of every room. Plan your exit in the event of a fire. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
You can learn more about fire safety from the Chesapeake Fire Department at CityofChesapeake.net/Fire.