Close up view of the candle cutting through the darkness.
As we approach National Fire Prevention Week (October 8-14) we thought it timely to provide some important safety reminders regarding fire safety.

Fire Safety Equipment – Never hang things on fire sprinkler heads, and make sure the area around them is clear so that the sprinklers can operate properly. Check your smoke detectors at least twice per year. If you have battery smoke / carbon monoxide detectors, change their batteries when the time changes for daylight savings time. Even if your building has fire extinguishers, keep a personal extinguisher in your kitchen.

Safe Grilling – Remember it is against fire code to grill on a balcony, under an overhang, or within 10 feet of a structure. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), residential grill fires result in $75 million of property losses each year. 28% of these fires start on balconies.

Candle Safety – The NFPA reports that over 25 home fires are started by candles every day. Avoid the use of candles in bedrooms or areas where people can fall asleep. Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.

Have a Plan – Draw a map of your home and map out 2 exit paths from each room. Practice an evacuation plan twice a year with each member of the family. Try to remember to close doors behind you as you leave to slow the fire from spreading.

For more fire safety tips, visit the National Fire Protection Association or Red Cross websites.

Terri Guest, CIRMS, CMCA, is Sales & Marketing Representative for Berg Insurance Agency may be reached at