Fire Safety and Prevention at Your House

T he home is where the heart is. With this in mind, there can make your home not only a comfortable place to live but a safety place as well. You should give a top priority on practicing fire safety in your home, especially with children. A fire can start from a small spark and can rapidly spread in just a split second.

 

Fire Safety

 

Fire safety is something families often think about. They may know that nearly two million homes are destroyed by fire each year, but they may think it can’t or won’t happen to them. Rather than taking a chance with your family’s lives.

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Nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke detectors. Installing them in your home can mean the difference between life, Following are fire safety measures you should take into consideration:

INSTALL Smoke Detectors

At the absolute minimum, homes should have a working smoke alarm on every floor of their home. You may also want to place a smoke alarm directly outside bedrooms. If these are all located together, you can get by with having one smoke alarm rather than one for each bedroom. Place a fire alarm in the kitchen and near the furnace or heating unit of your home. Obviously the more smoke alarms you have, the better your chance of hearing them, so consider where they are needed carefully.

Your smoke detector batteries have to be replaced every year. New Years is a good time to replace them. It’s also important to keep them free of dust, which can hamper their ability to detect smoke. Test them periodically to ensure they are working properly.

FIRE Extinguishers in the House

Fire extinguishers should be placed in the rooms most likely to have fires: kitchen, garage, bedroom or living room. Read the fire extinguisher instructions long before you need it to know which type of fire it can be used for. One placed in a kitchen, for instance, can put out most fires, but they should never be used in electronics. For that type of fire you’d use a carbon dioxide extinguisher.

MAKE a Plan

Having an evacuation plan and practicing it is crucial, especially if you have small children in your home. Designate a place to meet outside in case of a fire, and have everyone practice escaping the home. Be sure to include practicing belly crawls and escaping with blindfolds.

One thing you may not think about of fire safety, Teach your children how to contact 911. Let them know that 911 calls are made for emergency cases. If ever they use a cell phone, tell them your home address or write it somewhere easy to see.

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No one wants to experience the devastation of a home fire. Purchasing and installing these fire safety products every home should have won’t guarantee you’ll never have a fire, but they will increase your chances of living through one.

Remember, to test the safety equipment regularly to ensure they are working properly.

It seems hard to believe in this day with so much fire prevention awareness, smoke detectors, and other safety items around the house, but there continues to be way to many residential fires every holiday season. Every Christmas, fires and the havoc they bring increase by over 50% during the holiday season.