A nursing home is not a place to spend your life, but that’s exactly what happened to a couple of people who were living at Montefiore in Orange County, California.
The nursing home was the target of a massive fire in July, and when the blaze started, its owner, Frank Montefiores, was the only resident in the facility.
MonteFiore’s owner is now dead, and the nursing home itself has been forced to shut down and relocate to a safer location.
The fire that began at the nursing homes home was caused by an electrical failure, and a new nursing home in the area is slated to open this fall.
We asked a number of experts to explain what exactly caused the fire and how to protect yourself and your loved ones if you are a nursing homes resident.
Read on for their advice.1.
Fire damage is a possibility, but you shouldn’t panic.
A fire can happen anytime, and there are many things that you can do to protect your home from fire damage.
Take a look at your property and see if it is covered in flammable materials, such as:1.
Make sure that all of your electrical wiring is on the outside.
If there are any wires that are on the exterior, then the risk of fire is high.2.
Ensure that your gas, water, and electric wiring is off the premises.
If you have a leak, you will need to get it fixed before you can return to the house.3.
Take care of your furnace and heating equipment.
If any of your gas or water pipes are leaking, you should get them replaced immediately.4.
Make a plan to get rid of anything that is in your home that could burn.
If possible, consider keeping a fire extinguisher at home if you live alone, or putting a bucket in your garage.5.
Do not use hot water, even if it’s your first time using it.
Water can ignite if you don’t use it right away, and you can burn your hands if you accidentally use hot or cold water together.6.
If it’s raining outside, be prepared for water damage, and always check your water lines and appliances.7.
Never leave your vehicle in your driveway unless you are ready to leave it in the garage, and never leave any appliances or water appliances in your vehicle.8.
Be sure to check your appliances regularly for signs of damage.
Your furnace and other appliances should be checked for any damage to them, and check for any water damage to your water pipes.9.
Check your electrical and heating wiring if you have any electrical problems.
If so, you may want to replace the fire alarm and/or your electric meter.10.
When using a generator, make sure to only use the most efficient one that you have.
If your generator is damaged, you might not have enough energy to run your appliances, and this could put you in danger.11.
Check the fire safety plan for your house.
Make certain that you take your children, pets, and other household members to a shelter if you can, and that you call the fire department if you feel that your home is unsafe.
If the fire was caused entirely by an electric fire, you need to contact your utility company for help, or the fire can spread quickly and endanger your family.12.
Always have your pet with you.
Even if your pets are at home, keep them on a leash and have them at least 2 feet away from the fire.13.
Use a safety harness for your pets.
Make it easy for them to get ahold of it, and ensure that they don’t have any objects in their mouth, including other pets.14.
Check to see if any of the appliances in the home are leaking.
If not, contact the fire departments and have your appliances inspected.15.
Get your kids out of your house immediately if the house is under a fire.
If that is the case, call the police and get them there as soon as possible.16.
Make your home safer by cleaning your windows and doors regularly.
If something does happen, you can check your sprinklers and air conditioning system, and if there are leaks in any of them, then call the authorities immediately.17.
Never lock yourself inside.
When your home becomes a fire risk, call 911 immediately.
Call the Orange County Fire Department’s Emergency Operations Center at 949-842-5111 or the Fire Department at 951-826-8302 for additional information.