The Professional Choice

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

October - Fire Safety Month

Fire safety month is here once again. Please do not put these very important tasks off. Do them now while it's fresh on your mind. Too many souls are lost each year to improper planning and lack of fire safety knowledge.

Clean and change batteries in all smoke and fire detectors. Use the canned air you can purchase for computer keyboards and blow each one out. Change the batteries and push the test button to ensure proper operation.

Have at least 2 fire extinguishers available for use in an emergency escape from the home. Check the gauges to ensure they are fully charged. Replace any that are in the red on the gauge. Buy a new ABC (CO2 extinguisher) for most home applications. One should be kept near the kitchen for small stove fires and at least one near the bed rooms for use during an escape.

Have a plan of escape for the family and practice it blind-folded at least twice a year with the whole family. Gather at a predetermined neighbor's home and check that all got out. Visit the National Fire Protection Association website for cool educational games for the children and tips for parents at

If you have a 2 or 3-story home consider an emergency escape ladder. Mr. Handyman only installs PEARL Protected ladders because they are the best and most cost-effective escape ladders on the market. Go to their website for more information. We keep several in stock at our office. They make great gifts for family members with children and a 2 or 3-story home.