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Summer is well on its way, but despite the changing seasons we are still in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic. As cases continue to intensify across the country, we are encouraged to self-isolate at home more and more to reduce the spread of the virus. While we’re at home during this time, now is a fantastic opportunity to conduct a thorough home fire safety inspection.

Everyone knows that fire safety is important, but unfortunately many of us don’t consider the specifics of fire safety in our own homes until something bad happens to us or a friend or family member. Life is often too busy for us to take the time to evaluate fire safety beyond checking our fire alarms every few months. So, we hope you’ll set aside some time now in between binge-watching your favorite tv shows and playing board games with the family to make sure the home you love is as safe as possible from fire—before it happens.

We know that the thought of inspecting your entire home can seem intimidating, so we’re going to talk about each part of the house a bit at a time over the next few months. We hope you’ll follow along and inspect your home piece by piece as we go. First up, we’re covering bedrooms and bathrooms.

Bedrooms:

  • Do you have a properly operating smoke alarm in each bedroom?
  • Is a home escape plan posted in each bedroom?
  • Does every room have two exits—a window and a door?
  • Windows, are they easily opened?
  • Do second floor bedrooms have a safety ladder?
  • Do you have a designated meeting place? Does everyone know where the meeting place is?
  • Is there a carbon monoxide detector installed on the sleeping level of the home?
  • Always sleep with your bedroom door completely closed.

Bathrooms:

  • Are all outlets connected to a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) breaker?
  • Are all electrical and grooming appliances unplugged after each use?
  • Are all candles placed in a proper sized holder and setting on a non-combustible surface?
  • Are all medicines and cleaning supplies secured in a cabinet with a locking device?
  • Is the bathroom vent fan cover removed to allow for cleaning the fan, blades, and cover every six months? (ALWAYS DISCONNECT THE POWER FIRST!)
  • Are all light bulbs the proper wattage for the lighting fixtures they are in?

Now that you’ve inspected and improved the fire safety of your bedrooms and bathrooms, make sure to set a reminder to do it again 6 months from now as well—many fire safety experts recommend a semi-annual inspection in your home. Stay tuned for our next post with more checklists to complete!

We hope you and your families continue to be safe and well during this time.

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Checklists compiled from Horry County Fire Rescue (link to http://www.horrycountyfirerescue.com/) and the National Fire Protection Association (link to https://www.nfpa.org/).