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Video: New Year's renovations that make homes safer

Dec 27, 2020 04:35AM ● By Editor

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By Emily Ness of WDIO-TV - December 27, 2020

Home owners dreaming of re-modeling in the New Year can make their home safer in the process.

WDIO spoke to the Duluth Fire Department about renovations that can increase the lifespan of a home and save the lives of those who live there.

Deputy Fire Marshal Jon Otis recommends people who are renovating consider installing sprinklers.

“From a fire safety stand point, home fire sprinklers are certainly a nice thing to consider,” Otis said.

According to Otis, sprinklers can put a fire out fairly quickly with a lot less water than a fire hose, saving life and property.

“Fire sprinklers are part of a system. Think of them as part of a system in conjunction with smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors,” Otis said. “From a fire safety stand point, home fire sprinklers are certainly a nice thing to consider.”

Otis also recommends replacing windows with weak glass to strong glass to prevent serious injuries should someone fall into a window.

“We have a lot of annealed glass or glass that shatters,” Otis said. “Using a tempered glass in windows, you know, especially on landings and doorways is another good safety tip.”

Additionally, Otis said upgrading your electrical system could be beneficial in preventing fire hazards.

“If you’re upgrading, look at your electrical system. Do you have older knob and tube wiring? Do you have ungrounded outlets? It’s a good opportunity to talk to electrical contractors about ways to make your home safer,” Otis said.

The public is welcome to reach out to their local fire department for a free fire safety survey to help identify fire and life, safety hazards.

To see the original report and read related stories, follow this link to the WDIO-TV website.

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