Fire season is here... and it may take more than a smoke a smoke detector to protect your family. It takes only minutes for a small spark to turn the typical living room into an inescapable inferno. NO BURN Products of Californian offers not only lifesaving fire retardant products, but valuable tips also.
Fire safety requires an inclusive program. And while most fire safety plans focus on what to do once a fire starts, prevention is always your best defense. Bob Heinrich, CEO, No Burn of California explains the powerful lifesaving fire retardant product to Rick Romero Of KABC TV offers the following 15-step program to protect you, your family, and your home with its contents:
#1. During home construction or renovation, treating the wood with a fire retardant No Burn
is your best defense against your home catching on fire and flames spreading. Direct-to-wood fire retardants must be applied when walls and attics are open.
#2. On existing homes, use fire retardant paint-like products that are applied like primer to keep walls from igniting. Some retardants lessen the toxicity of the smoke by 80 percent. Fire retardants should be applied to garage walls as well and the home’s interior. As an added benefit, find a product that dually protects against mold. Make sure the product is non-toxic and non-carcinogenic.
#3. Spray fire retardants around "hot spots" such as electrical outlets.For more information on fire prevention or fire retardant products.
#4. Don’t overload electrical outlets or hide electrical cords under rugs. Always replace worn electrical cords.
#5. Fire retardant sprays for cloth-covered furniture No Burn . are effective in slowing and in most cases stopping a fire in its tracks. Again, make sure the retardant is non-toxic and non-carcinogenic. These types of liquid sprays are usually clear, odorless and for use on dry-clean material only.
#6. Take extra care in the kitchen, especially when cooking with hot oil, where more than half of home fires begin. Never leave young children alone in the kitchen. Have a fire retardant-treated towel ready for any unexpected kitchen fires.
#7. Never leave fires unattended, whether candle fires, lit cigarettes, fires in fireplaces or in outdoor cookers. Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
#8. Create a fire-safe landscape. Remove dead and overgrown vegetation. Within 30 feet of your house, create fire breaks by choosing high-moisture, fire-resistant plants, adding patios, pools and rock gardens, and carefully pruning trees and shrubs.
#9. Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of your home. Keep the alarms free of dust, test weekly and change batteries every year. Buy alarms with 10-year warranties.
#10. If economically feasible, install sprinklers. But remember, while they can douse a fire, the home’s contents may be destroyed and mold may result.
#11. Make a fire action plan and teach everyone in your home how to escape if there is a fire. Practice the plan.
#12. Keep exits clear and make sure everyone can quickly and easily grab keys to doors and windows.
#13. Get in the habit of closing doors at night to slow the spread of a fire.
#14. Do not run washers, dryers or dishwashers, or leave appliances on standby while you are asleep or away.
#15. Take special care when you are tired or when you’ve been drinking.
#16. Check pilot lights and smoke detector batteries regularly.
#17. Purchase good fire extinguishers and keep them where they are readily available.
#18 Keep escape ladders in second story bedrooms.
#19. Screen all fireplaces.
#20. Don’t place heaters, lamps or candles near fabrics or combustible materials.