The Control Group Improves Their Fire Preparedness For Fire Prevention Month

Southern California's climate means we enjoy mediterranean temperatures even in October. The drawback is that SoCal is one of most fire-prone areas in the country. To help all employees get the tools and knowledge to prevent out-of-control fires, this month The Control Group recognized Fire Prevention Month.

Every TCG employee was gifted a goodie bag full of the most important items they need to protect themselves. It includes a container of spray fire suppressant, a battery to recharge home fire alarms, baking soda to smother kitchen grease fires, and an informational brochure on the best ways to guard against fires. 

Here are a few tips about fire safety everyone can use.

Smoke Detectors

  • Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chrips, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away. For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace just the battery at least once a year.
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, in the hallways leading to the bedrooms, and on each level of your home - including the basement.
  • Test your smoke alarm once a month.
  • Vacuum or dust your smoke alarm at least once a year.
  • Never paint over a smoke alarm.

House Fires

  • Do not leave burning candles unattended.
  • Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
  • Make sure all candles are extinguished before you leave the room.
  • Never leave anything cooking unattended.
  • Never pour water on a grease fire. Cover the fire with a lid or smother with a household staple: baking soda.
  • Keep fire suppressants near the kitchen, but at least 10 feet away from the stove or oven.

How To Completely Extinguish an Open Campfire

  • Fill a bucket with water and pour it on the campfire while stirring and wetting all the wood, coals, and ashes.
  • Move some of the dirt immediately adjacent to the fire into the fire and mix thoroughly.
  • Feel around the fire to be sure that nothing is still smoldering.

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