This is Fire Prevention Week, which means this is a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors. A smoke detector with missing or faulty batteries serves no purpose.
Tennessee continually ranks among the five worst states in the nation when it comes to the number of residents killed in house fires. Many of those lives might have been saved by a properly functioning smoke detector.
And here’s another reminder for local residents: Have a fire escape plan in place for your home and be sure to practice it with your family.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission also advises homeowners to be careful with space heaters. Local emergency officials have seen a marked increase in the number of residential fires in recent years, some of which have been sparked by auxiliary heating devices.
Be sure that you are following all the safety precautions listed on the devices. That includes keeping the heater at least 3 feet from drapes, furniture and other flammable materials.
Never leave a space heater on when you go to sleep, and turn the device off if you leave the home.
It’s important to have a smoke alarm on each level of the house, inside every bedroom and outside the bedrooms in each sleeping area. Residents who use gas or oil space heaters also should install a carbon monoxide alarm outside every bedroom.
Don’t invite tragedy. Make sure your smoke detectors have fresh batteries and are working properly.