The Dos and Don’ts of Preventing Home Fires
Home fires can bring great destruction to any household. Protect yours with these fire safety tips.
Every year in the United States, more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires. The direct property loss due to home fires is estimated at $7.3 billion annually. While smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and home escape plans are the keys to survival in home fires, there are actions that you can do to prevent a spark from occurring.
Check out the dos and don’ts to preventing home fires.
- Install a smoke detectors on every floor.
- Plan your escape routes in case fire does strike.
- Have your heating systems checked for blockage and proper mechanical operation each season.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short amount of time, turn off the stove.
- Teach children not to hide from firefighters. As heavy smoke and poisonous gases first collect along the ceiling, ensure your children know how to crawl low under the smoke to escape the burning structure.
- Check electrical cords for damage and wear and tear often.
- Don’t forget to test your smoke alarm every month. The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.
- Don’t cook if you are tired, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Avoid overloading electrical outlets.
- Don’t cook wearing sleeves that can dangle near the burners.
- Don’t leave burning candles unattended or within reach of children or pets.
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