When it comes to fires, no one is ever ready to experience one in their own home. But, by following these three tips you’ll be prepared if disaster strikes and a fire starts in your own home.
TIP ONE: Know Your Fire Hazards
Many fires are easily preventable by making a few changes throughout your home and by being aware of your surroundings.
Some fire prevention methods include:
- Don’t leave candles or open flames unattended.
- Keep your vents clear of any objects and clean any debris from them on a regular basis.
- Keep flammable items away from heaters – a space heater shouldn’t have any objects within a 3 foot radius of the unit.
- Christmas trees get very dry and become easily flammable – keep them hydrated (water them twice a day) and turn off any string lights that are on them when you’re not home or are asleep.
- Many stove and oven fires are easily preventable by simply keeping an eye on the food you are cooking – set timers and stay in the same room while things are cooking to keep a better eye on them.
- Lightning strikes are unavoidable but you can keep yourself safe by staying away from doors and windows and not using electronics during storms.
TIP TWO: Have Safety Equipment in Your Home
If a fire does happen in your home, it’s important to have the correct fire safety equipment set up and easily accessible in your home so that everyone can get out safely in a timely manner.
It’s important to have working smoke alarms in your home to alert you if a fire is starting and giving off smoke or if a fire has already started. Be sure to check to make sure your smoke alarms are working twice a year and replace batteries regularly. You should have smoke alarms in all areas of your home, in each bedroom, and in hallways.
Have a Working Fire Extinguisher
Having a fire extinguisher in your home and easily accessible in the case of an emergency can keep small fires from growing out of control. Good places to keep an extinguisher in a house is in the kitchen and close to your laundry area. A fire extinguisher is not useful if you don’t know how to use it correctly so it’s important for all members of your family to know how to use one correctly in case of an emergency.
TIP THREE: Have a Fire Safety Plan
Having a safety plan in case of an emergency is extremely crucial to get out of a building experiencing a fire, safely.
- Teach children if and when to call 9-1- 1
- Have two evacuation routes to get out of the house safely and a meeting area outside in a safe spot away from the house
- Practice your fire evacuation plan twice a year
Being prepared for a potential fire can alleviate panic from setting in and allow everyone to get out of a burning building safely. Know when to call 9-1- 1 and the steps to take during a fire. Once the fire department has left and the smoke has cleared, it’s important to have a fire damage restoration team come in and assess the damage and help you get your home to its pre-loss state.
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