Fire safety in homes is an important aspect that everyone should follow. Most of the time the cause of the fire is not known, and if it is there’s so much panic around that people often don’t know what to do. Here are a few pointers on how to go about fire safety in your home.
- Family Escape Plan – Create a simple plan that’s easy to understand, include two exit routes from every room, and a safe meeting place outside your home (like a tree, telephone pole, or neighbor’s home) where your family will gather once outside the home.
- Practice fire safety – Take time to practice your family escape plan, making sure to have two exits from every room. Practice with your children several times, then allow them to do it by themselves to make sure that they fully understand what they should do if ever there’s a fire. You could also have a trial once to see if everything was falling into a place as planned.
- Keep your home safe – It must be part of your daily focus. Just as important as knowing what to do in the event of a fire, it is just as important to take steps to assure a fire never starts, and if a fire does start, that your family will be alerted as quickly as possible.
- Install Smoke Detectors – By placing smoke detectors in your home, you can increase the chances that all of your family gets out safely by 40-50%!
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- One in every room – It’s important that smoke detectors are located throughout your home, and most importantly, in every bedroom, and obviously the kitchen.
- Test them – Make sure the batteries are good and that the smoke detector itself is in proper working condition. Test your smoke detectors once a month.
- Change batteries twice a year – Most fire safety personnel recommend changing the batteries in within your smoke detectors twice a year.
- Know that sound – Make sure that all family members know and recognize the sound your smoke detectors make. The quicker you recognize that sound, the quicker you can react if ever there’s a fire.
- Keep a look-out for safety hazards in the home – To many items plugged into one outlet, a shirt was thrown over a lamp, a worn electrical cord; these are just a few examples of hazards within the home.
- Be careful when cooking – Make sure to keep cooking surfaces clean to avoid grease fires. A majority of fires within the home begin in the kitchen. Make sure all electrical appliances are plugged out once their job is done.
- Every home should have a fire extinguisher – Keep a fire extinguisher in a handy location. The best location is typically just inside a door or entrance, out of the reach of children. Avoid locating an extinguisher right next to where a fire could develop.