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Checklist: Protect Your House from Fire

House fires are frightening and deadly. Homeowners should make sure that their homes are not susceptible to fire. Here is a list of fire prevention tips:

Test smoke alarms regularly.

Keep alarms free of dust and cobwebs.

Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home.

Replace batteries in smoke alarms twice a year.

Replace alarms that are older than 10 years.

Consider having a sprinkler system installed in your home.

Install escape ladders on the upper levels of your home and make sure everyone knows how to use them.

Keep fire extinguishers easy to reach on every level of your home.

If building a new home, make sure firebreaks are installed in the framing.

Dig a window well and install a window if you have a basement bedroom.

Check the seal on your windows and doors since drafts will cause the fire to spread.

Practice a fire escape drill with your family.

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