A fire is a devastating event that can result in the loss of property and cause injuries and even death. Keep your belongings and your family safe by following these fire safety tips for the home.
Create an Escape Plan for Fire Safety
Be prepared for a fire by creating an escape plan with your family. Choose exits from every area of the home. A pre-determined escape route will help your family make it to safety in an emergency situation. After you create a plan, have a drill with your family to practice different ways to get out of your house.
Teach Fire Safety to Children
Show children how to be careful around hot surfaces and flames. Do not allow young children to cook without supervision. Children should understand that lighters and matches are tools, not toys. Take care around the fireplace, candles, backyard fire pits, and when cooking. Teach children where the fire extinguisher is located and instruct them on its proper use.
Install Smoke Detectors
Install a smoke detector on every floor of your home, including the basement. A smoke detector should be placed in each bedroom and in the hallway just outside of sleeping areas. The device in your kitchen should be installed 10 feet away from cooking appliances to reduce the chance of false alarms. Test smoke detectors every month and change the batteries at least twice a year.
Don’t Smoke Indoors
Fires happen every year because someone fell asleep with a lit cigarette. Don’t allow smoking indoors. Designate an area for smokers outside the home that’s away from windows and doors. You’ll improve the air quality inside your house and know that you’ve taken another step to prevent a house fire.
It’s your job to protect your home and your family. Follow these fire safety tips to reduce the likelihood of experiencing a house fire.