As the weather gets colder, use of fireplaces, wood stoves, electric and propane heaters, and other methods of warming our homes increases. As we begin using these heating devices, we should all ensure we have adequate protection measures in place in the unlikely event of a fire. Below are some ways to help ensure you are adequately prepared.
- Choose a reunion place outside your home.
- Draw a floor plan; discuss ways to exit
- Test your fire alarm and carbon monoxide detector every six months (suggestion—when you change your clocks)
- Purchase a fire extinguisher; learn how to properly use it.
For complete information go to http://mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division/preparedness/personal and find the Prepare in a Year Booklet.