Fire safety during summer months
By Katherine Miller
THE POST SIGNAL
CROWLEY – As the summer heat bares down, many are cranking up their air conditioners to cool down. Captain Chad Monceaux, of the Crowley Fire Department, offers a few safety tips to help keep safe in your homes on the hot days and nights of summer.
“As always, it is extremely important to have working smoke detectors installed in your home, that are loud enough to wake you in the case of a fire. Do not install smoke detectors in or near the kitchen or bathroom,” Monceaux warned. He further explained that smoke detectors should be checked monthly, and that you should change the batteries in detectors every time you change your clocks. For the most part, smoke detectors have a life of ten years.
In each room of the home, there should be two means of escape, for example, a door and a window in the event of a fire.
“Many fires are caused from overloaded electrical circuits. It is never safe to plug in anything else into an electrical outlet if you have a large appliance, such as an air conditioner already plugged in. It is also unsafe to run extension cords under furniture or rugs to hide them,” he continued.
The Crowley Fire Department advises everyone to respect fire and take precautions to safeguard your home from fire. If you have any questions regarding smoke detectors or any other safety issue in your home, you may contact the fire department at 788-4106, “We hope you all have a safe and fun summer,” Monceaux said in conclusion.