Cameren Xavier Candelaria and Logan Seaman: Ways to help prevent house fires and protect oneself

The rear of fire damaged residential building on G Street in the Patch section of Turners Falls.

The rear of fire damaged residential building on G Street in the Patch section of Turners Falls. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 04-02-2024 5:18 PM

In light of the recent increase in house fires in the area, we urge homeowners to prioritize fire safety measures to protect their families and properties. Here are essential tips to help avoid house fires and necessary items to have on hand to fight them. 1. Install smoke alarms: Ensure smoke alarms are installed on every level of your home and test them monthly to ensure they are working correctly. Replace batteries annually. 2. Create escape routes: Develop a fire escape plan with multiple exit routes and practice it regularly with your family. 3. Maintain appliances: Regularly inspect and maintain electrical appliances, heaters, and chimneys. Unplug appliances when not in use and keep flammable materials away from heat sources. 4. Fire extinguishers: Keep multipurpose fire extinguishers in key locations such as the kitchen, garage, and near fire-prone areas. Learn how to use them effectively. 5. Fire blankets: Have fire blankets readily accessible in the kitchen and near potential fire hazards to smother small fires. 6. Emergency contacts: Keep a list of emergency contacts, including the fire department and utility companies in a visible location. 7. Stay informed: Stay informed about fire hazards and safety regulations in your area, and adhere to building codes when renovating or constructing a home.

By implementing these tips and ensuring you have the necessary tools on hand, you can significantly reduce the risk of house fires and protect your loved ones and property.

Cameren Xavier Candelaria

Turners Falls

Logan Seaman