Safety First

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Realty World-Viking Realty CA BRE#00886348

More than 4,000 Americans die and approximately 25,000 are injured each year in fires.  According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an overwhelming number of fire occur in the home.  Yours doesn't have to be one of them- are safe with these simple tips:

Have at least one working smoke alarm. Test it monthly, keep it free of dust, and replace the battery at least once a year.

Prevent electrical fires. Never overload circuits or extension cords, and don't place cords and wires under rugs, over nails or in high-traffic areas.

Use appliances wisely.  Overheating, unusual smells, shorts and sparks are all warning signs that an appliance isn't safe to use.

Use portable heaters with care.  Keep anything combustible at least three feet away.  Kerosene heaters should be used only where approved by authorities and never use gasoline or camp-stove fuel.

Keep fire in the fireplace.  Use fire screens and have your chimney cleaned annually.  The creosote buildup can ignite a chimney fire that could easily spread.

Plan your escape from every room in the house.  Stay low to the floor, and never open doors that are hot.  Remember to get out before calling for help.

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Lisa Doyle
J. Rockcliff Realtors - Danville, CA

Thanks for sharing!  Good advice!

Have a great day!

Lisa Doyle

J. Rockcliff Realtors

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Apr 01, 2011 12:52 PM #1
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Dawn Workman
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Wow, those are scary stats.  I had no idea, but will pass the information along!

Apr 01, 2011 12:53 PM #2
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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I do not allow "fueled" space heaters in my properties.  Electric ones manufactured and sold today have safety switches and other devices.

Big issue a decade or so ago was burning pizza boxes in the fireplace....

Apr 01, 2011 01:32 PM #3
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Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California - Alameda, CA
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Brian:

Oh so useful advice.  I hope everyone listens to your advice and follows through with the recommendations.  Thanks for posting.

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