When most of us walk into a building, we don’t think about whether it’s been properly constructed or if it’s fire safe. Fortunately, your safety experts at Saint Paul’s Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI) think about building safety and fire prevention every day.
DSI inspectors help to ensure that the places where you live, learn, work, worship and play are safe to keep Saint Paul residents doing the things they love. A thorough inspections department is only one piece of making sure your home is safe.
There are many simple things you can do to protect yourself, and your loved ones, from the dangers of a fire.
Here are a few quick tips:
- Make an escape plan at home, designate a meeting place, and practice it - Get out and stay out during a fire.
- Double check the kitchen before you go to bed or leave the home - Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in America and Saint Paul and the third leading cause of fire death for older adults.
- Keep space heaters at least three feet from other objects - The second leading cause of fire death for older adults is heating.
- Don’t leave a burning cigarette unattended and never smoke in bed - Careless smoking is the number one cause of fire deaths.
- Install and maintain a smoke alarm on every level of your home - If you can’t put in a hard wired detector make sure you replace the batteries every year. It's a simple way to help keep you and your family better protected 24-7.
For more information and tips on building safety check here for more from the International Code Council.