Everyone wants to make sure their family and loved ones are safe. One way to keep your family safe is by making fire safety a priority in your home. Teach your family members how to prevent fires and what to do if a fire does occur to make sure your loved ones are prepared. Here are some tips for home fire safety:
Be Smart When Cooking
Cooking or kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fires. Make sure that you and your loved ones are being smart and safe in the kitchen. Never leave your food unattended while its cooking. Keep anything that could catch on fire away from the stovetop. Stay alert when cooking and don’t cook if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol.
Home Escape Planning
Create a fire escape plan for your home. Make sure you identify two exits in every room. Walk through each room, find two exits and draw a map of your home showing the exits as well as the designated meeting place. Pick a meeting place in front of your home. Make sure everyone in your home knows the escape plan.
Install Smoke Detectors
If your home does not already have smoke detectors, you should install them. There should be smoke detectors in every bedroom and on every floor. Larger homes will need more smoke alarms. Replace all smoke alarms after 10 years.
Test Smoke Detectors
Every month, you should test all smoke alarms in your home. Make sure that they are all working. If needed, replace the batteries. 3 out 5 fire deaths in homes occur when smoke alarms are present or not working.
Knowing how to be safe with electrical equipment can prevent electrical fires. Make sure that all electrical work in your home is completed by a qualified electrician. Only use one heat producing appliance per outlet. Do not use extension cords or plug strips for major appliances such as refrigerators, dryers, stoves, and microwaves.
Don’t Smoke Inside
If you or someone in your home is a smoker, do not smoke inside the home. Smoking is a fire hazard. Make sure that cigarettes are fully put out and disposed of properly. Never put a cigarette in mulch, landscaping, grass, or things that could easily ignite.
Consider Installing Home Fire Sprinklers
Over 80% of fire deaths occur in homes. Protect your home and your family by installing a home fire sprinkler system. Fire sprinklers are one of the most effective ways to protect your loved ones from a fire.
Rich Fire Installs Fire Sprinklers
Rich Fire Protection promotes fire safety by installing fire sprinkler systems in buildings in the tri-state area. Since 1979, we have been providing exceptional fire protection systems and service. We provide fire sprinklers and fire suppression systems as well as inspections and 24-hour emergency service. Contact us today to learn more!