Posted by: phillipsre | August 20, 2015

Protecting Your Home and Family From Fire

A person walks in front of a home in Twisp where the hillside burned early in the morning (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

A person walks in front of a home in Twisp where the hillside burned early in the morning (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

With the news regarding the forest fires on the Eastside of Washington State and the surrounding areas, it seems relevant to remind home owners and vacationers about the safety measures that should be in place in your home or at your vacation property to keep you and your family safe from fire. This article has specific information about how to make your home fire-safe. Smoke detectors on every floor near bedrooms is the first step to safety. Making sure you are cooking safely is also a big issue and make sure to keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and know how to use it. In your own or a rental property, it is a good idea to have an evacuation plan for the entire household, by making sure everyone knows the plan and where to meet in an emergency situation can save lives. Additionally, don’t forget to Stop, Drop and Roll if your clothes catch on fire.

If you are in a vacation home or own property in the forest or live in a wooded area, like the folks in Chelan or near the Okanogan Valley, this infographic and site has some great tips to help protect your home and property. Probably the most important tip is to evacuate as soon as you feel there is even a chance that a fire could be getting close to your property.

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