A home is a happy place—but a fire can change that quickly. Fires can spark due to several reasons. Once it starts, it can spread quickly, decimating your home. That’s why it’s important that you develop a plan of action. Everyone in your home should know the fire safety plan in case of an emergency, including calling emergency responders, using fire extinguishers, and never going back into a burning building for anything. Continue reading for more helpful fire prevention tips.
Follow These Fire Prevention Tips
- Create an exit plan—A fire in your home is enough to send everyone into a panic. That’s why it’s critical your family develops a plan to swiftly and safely evacuate. Your plan should also include a meet-up spot that’s far enough away from the property.
- Install smoke detectors/alarms—A smoke detector is your first line of defense against a house fire. Install them throughout your home and test them regularly to ensure they work when you need them most.
- Keep flammable items in a safe place—It only takes a single spark for a fire to break out. Ensure alcohol, hairspray, gasoline, cooking oil, lawn clippings, and other flammable objects aren’t in a position to cause a fire.
- Stop pets from chewing on electrical wires—Sometimes pets will confuse wiring or outlets as play things. This can inadvertently lead to a fire. When you’re not home, contain your pets to a room or safe area.
- Check home appliances and wiring—Regularly checking your home appliances for issues can go a long way in preventing a fire. Electrical wiring may have frayed or become damaged. You should also check dry lint traps and your HVAC system for any signs of damage.
- Avoid putting items near heaters—Put extra space between heaters and personal items. Anything made of paper, clothing, carpeting, and other flammable materials can easily catch fire near a heater.
- Don’t leave the fireplace or candles unattended—Even if it’s just for five minutes, you run a major fire risk by leaving candles or the fireplace unattended. Snuff out the fire if you know you won’t be around.
- Don’t leave the stove or oven on when not home—Cooking a delicious meal that will take a while to finish? Don’t walk away from the stove or oven. Something could go wrong, leading to a blaze in the kitchen. Stick around until the food is fully cooked, and shut off the oven or stove when not in use.
- Fully put cigarettes out before leaving—It takes a second to fully put out a cigarette. In that same time frame, a light cigarette could spark a flame that destroys your home. Use your time wisely—put it out all the way.
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