Health Tip: Fire Safety Suggestions

Frequently inspect smoke detectors, fireplaces and extinguishers

(HealthDay News) -- A few easy precautions can reduce the risk of a house fire. If the worst happens and a fire does break out, a well-rehearsed escape plan can help prevent injuries and death.

Here are some fire safety suggestions, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Keep smoke detectors throughout your home, and test them frequently. Replace batteries every six months.
  • At least once every 10 years, have an electrician inspect your home's wiring.
  • If you have a fireplace, have it professionally cleaned and inspected each year.
  • Keep several fire extinguishers throughout your home, and be sure you know how to use them.
  • Establish and frequently practice a family escape plan.
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