A fire breaking out inside the home can have disastrous consequences. Here are some simple fire prevention tips for homeowners to put into practice starting now.
A fire breaking out inside the home can have some truly disastrous consequences. That is why it is so important for home owners to take every possible precaution to prevent this from happening in the first place. Here are some simple fire prevention tips to put into practice starting now.
Be Smoke Alarm Savvy
Are you currently under the impression that you can install smoke alarms and forget about them thereafter? The reality is that in order to provide complete protection, these safety devices require some maintenance from time to time.
For example, you should endeavor to test the batteries at least once every few weeks by holding down the test button and waiting for the beeps. Every six months or so, you should also vacuum the surface of the alarms to ensure that the sensor is unobstructed by dust and other debris. Finally, to optimize fire safety, you should replace all of your smoke alarms after a period of 10 years.
Further to this, remember to install smoke alarms on every level of the house, especially in and around the bedrooms.
Implement Fire-Safe Practices
There are a number of practices to avoid if you want to ensure maximum fire safety within your living space. Most of it is obvious, such as never leaving candles unattended and teaching your kids to avoid playing with matches. However, others may be lesser known.
For instance, did you know that it is also best never to leave an appliance, such as a toaster, unattended? These types of appliances are often responsible for little fires that can spread quickly and cause significant damage to the structure of your home, as well as your possessions. This will inevitably lead to a need to contact the fire damage pros.
Pay Special Attention in the Kitchen
The vast majority of house fires start in the kitchen, so this is where you need to be extra cautious and vigilant. Avoid placing anything other than pots and pans on the surface of the stove, and always strive to keep the inside of the oven clear. Finally, never leave any cooking unattended. You would be amazed at how easy it can be to forget that you were even cooking in the first place!
Create a Detailed Fire Escape Plan
Are your children aware of what to do in the event that a fire actually does break out in your home? It is extremely important to create a comprehensive fire escape plan and to put it to the test at least a couple of times a year — even more often if your kids are under the age of 10.
Be sure to teach your kids that the most important aspect of any fire escape plan is to get out and stay out. They must know that never, under any circumstances, should they spend time inside looking for anything or anyone, or to run back inside after they have escaped. Rather, they should get out as quickly as they can and call for help via the neighbors.
Here’s to reduced risk and a fire-safe home both now and for many years to come.