Residents of Seattle and other Washington cities got a stark reminder of the danger from fires this past summer. Smoke from multiple large Washington fires unexpectedly engulfed the city, making the very air unhealthy to breathe. Even in the cool and rainy Pudget Sound area, we fool ourselves if we don’t make real preparations to deal with fire danger.
Many Seattle residents, especially long-time natives, may not be very familiar with the proper precautions for fire. But in a world of changing climate, it’s good to brush up on basics.
Fire may not seem like a part of the practical reality of the day-to-day at the moment, but that could change any time. A focus on the fundamentals is the best way to keep your family safe.
Your fire alarm systems should also be professionally installed and regularly tested. Also install carbon monoxide detectors.
Beyond the 7 basic preparations for fires, it also pays to exercise common sense in your daily life. If you smoke, do so outside, and do not smoke while drowsy or medicated. Use fire safe cigarettes and sturdy ashtrays. Don’t leave candles, portable heaters, or open flames unattended.
Again, on a daily basis, fire may not seem like a huge danger. But when it rears its ugly head, you’ll be happy you took precautions.
Click HERE to learn more from the American Red Cross on fire prevention & evacuation.