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A Beginner's Guide to Household Fire Safety

by Linda Almonte 05/11/2022

Keeping your home safe doesn't have to be complicated. By practicing good habits and establishing best practices with everyone in your household, you can prepare for--and prevent--major issues. Fire safety is a particular concern that can be accomplished by remembering a few simple tips. Here are the basics of household fire safety:

Maintain & Test Your Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are a requirement in all modern homes. However, it's important to remember that smoke detectors and alarms require batteries to function. Most have a built-in alert function to tell you when the battery is low. Instead of stopping that incessant beeping and going about your business, change the batteries right away. Even if you don't get a low battery alert, set a schedule for checking the batteries at least once a year to make sure they're ready to help you in an emergency.

Don't Leave a Flame Unattended

Scented and decorative candles can be excellent features of a cozy home. Unfortunately, candles also present a significant risk if left unattended. If you choose to enjoy the comfy ambiance and glow of candles in your home, make a habit of putting them out if you leave the room for more than a few minutes. It's also a good idea to treat fireplaces and wood stoves with the same caution so that an open flame doesn't have a chance to surprise you.

Have a Plan

It might not be fun to think about a fire occurring in your home, but it's crucial to be prepared. Gather with your family or housemates to establish a plan for escape routes and a meeting place. Make sure everybody knows how to unlock and operate emergency exits or fire escape ladders. If you have pets, include them in your safety planning by having a spare carrier or leash in a specific place so you can grab them in a hurry. Having a plan will make you safer and ensure the best possible outcome in case of a fire.

Fire safety is made up of many factors. Keep these three basics in mind when establishing good safety habits around the home.

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Linda Almonte

Linda Almonte is an experienced, licensed real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Realty. She services Fairfield and New Haven Counties in the state of Connecticut. Linda is highly regarded by her clients and colleagues has received awards for top sales and service over the past five years. She is a member of the Greater Bridgeport Board of REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS®, and is the President of the Governors Ridge Association. A longtime resident of Trumbull, Connecticut, Linda knows the local market and utilizes her strong analytical and marketing skills to guide her clients when making home buying and selling decisions. Linda is a graduate of Sacred Heart University, where she earned both her MBA and Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. Prior to working in real estate, Linda held management positions in major corporations within the Metro-New York area. She enjoys working with people, problem solving, and helping her clients find that perfect home. She resides in Trumbull with her husband and son.