Make a New Year's resolution that can benefit your family, will be easy to fulfill and will yield big rewards.
Resolve to conduct a home fire and safety inventory.
The Washington Township Fire Department offers a Fire Safety Inventory checklist that will help you identify fire risks in your home, most of which can be easily remedied, but are frequently overlooked.
In completing the inventory, you will examine your furnace filter, portable heaters, fireplace, electrical cords, circuit breakers, windows, candles, appliances, light fixtures and more.
If you would like assistance conducting your inventory, make an appointment with one of our fire safety inspectors, who will review the checklist items with you and offer advice that is specific to your home such as smoke alarm and fire extinguisher placement, and storage practices.
An estimated 3,000 people in the U.S. will die in a home fire in 2013.
Most will die because they aren't prepared to act.
Knowing what to do and how to escape can greatly reduce your chances of dying in a fire.
The Fire Safety Inventory can help you and your family be better prepared to escape from a fire, such as making and practicing a home fire escape plan and having fire drills at least twice a year.
To get a copy of the checklist, call the Washington Township Fire Department at 614-652-3920; or go to the township's web site, www.wtwp.com. Click on Services, Fire & EMS Safety Programs, and Home Fire Safety Inventory.
Washington Township Fire Department Fire Marshal Alan Perkins submitted the Smoke Signals column.