Home Fire Safety

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Most home fires can be prevented.  Everyone considers their home as a safe haven.  However, precautions still need to be made to ensure and safe guard against a home fire.  Home renters or owners should have appropriate home insurance in case a fire ever happens.  Every family should have an emergency evacuation plan and take appropriate measures to ensure an accidental fire does not start in their home.

Here are some ideas to safeguard your home:

  • Have functioning and up to date smoke alarms/detectors installed close to doorways.

  • Keep belongings such as sensitive documentation or cherished heirlooms inside a fire proof safe.

  • Take pictures of your home and belongings in case a fire should occur.  Open and photograph drawers, closets, and storage rooms etc.

  • Be aware of potential fire hazards in your home.  Electrical appliances should be unplugged when not in use.  Electricity still flows through the wires of non-working appliances and may cause electrical bursts, which may lead to a fire.  This will also help in cutting costs on your home electricity bill.  Replace appliances that spark or overheat.

  • When using candles, stoves, matches, lighters, matches, fireplaces and anything that has potential to cause a fire, make sure it is kept out of reach of children and always properly extinguish before leaving the area or going to sleep.

  • Have an emergency evacuation plan and teach everyone in the household what to do and where to go if a fire should happen to break out.

  • Have a working and up to date fire extinguisher on hand and know how to use it.

  • Practice fire drills at home.

Prevention is key in ensuring safeguarding your home against an accidental fire.  Using these ideas will help you and your family prevent and in case of an accidental fire.