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  October is National Fire Prevention Month, reminding all homeowners to look around their house and ensure no fire hazards have emerged over the last few months. To aid you with this task, we’ve put together a few guidelines that will help prevent fires and protect your family if a fire does occur.  • Test your smoke alarms. You should have smoke alarms on every level of your home, yet they’re easy to forget about in your day-to-day routine. In the event of a fire, however, they are the first line of defense in getting your family out safely. Be sure to test them monthly and change the batteries every six months.    • Turn off space heaters. While you may not need your space heater just yet, we’re entering the colder months of the year and you may find yourself pulling it out sooner rather than later. Remember to keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything flammable, and always turn them off when leaving the room or going to bed.  • Don’t overload an electrical outlet. Today, every person owns multiple electronic devices that they use, and charge, every day. Pay attention to what you’re plugging these devices in and be sure to never plug multiple items into the same electrical outlet or circuit. If you notice an electrical appliance smoke or smell unusual, unplug it immediately and have it serviced.    • Check your locks. If a fire breaks out, you and your family will need to leave the house as quickly as possible. Remembering to grab your keys, and then finding your keys, can take up precious time. That’s why you should never install double-cylinder deadbolt locks on your exit doors, as these require a key to unlock from the inside. At Power, we only offer single cylinder deadbolt locks for exactly this reason.

Needing a key to unlock a door from the inside can be very dangerous when trying to leave quickly.   • Remove extension cords. Extension cords are a very convenient way to connect items to faraway outlets. What most people don’t realize, however, is that they can also overheat and short circuit, causing fires. To prevent this, never use an extension cord on a permanent basis, avoid running them under rugs, and never overload them.  These are just a few of the many ways you can protect your home and family from a fire. So take some time during National Fire Prevention Month to ensure your home is safe.


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