Sitting around a cozy, warm fire can be a wonderful experience for a family. But that experience can quickly turn to tragedy if you don't follow some simple dos and don'ts of fireplace safety.
If you have a small, self-contained fire you can use a Class ABC extinguisher to put it out. Your local fire department can train you how to use it properly. Whenever extinguishing a fire, be sure you keep your back to a safe exit so that you can escape if necessary.
If a large fire breaks out, act immediately because smoke and flames will spread quickly. You and your family should leave the house at once. Fumes overcome most victims long before flames do. If you must go through the smoke to escape, get down on your hands and knees on the floor and crawl with your body as low to the floor as possible. Keep your head about 12-24 inches above the floor. After you and your family are safely out of the house, call the fire department from a neighbor's home.
To ensure your family's safety, conduct periodic fire drills. Know your safest escape route and be sure you and your family have a designated meeting place outside the house. And finally, practice crawling out of a room so that everyone knows exactly what to do if the need ever arises. For further protection, be sure you have the right homeowners insurance. Call Electric Insurance today and a licensed representative will make sure you have the right coverage at the right price.
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