Fires in the home are a common and also preventable problem.
According to the article Fire Safety in the Home, most home fires are avoidable with some common sense and smart planning. Here are some tips that you can use to keep your home safe:
- Test smoke alarm batteries. Experts say to check batteries once a month. Having a working smoke alarm is one of the most important home fire safety devices for homes.
- Unplug space heaters. Never leave a space heater turned on or even plugged in when you are not home or when you are sleeping. It’s not worth the risk.
- Put a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Having a fire extinguisher you can access quickly can help you put out a kitchen fire before it gets worse. Store it under the sink and read the directions so you know how to use it. Fire extinguishers are also handy to have near bedrooms—plus the canister can be used to break windows if needed.
- Don’t leave lit candles unattended. Candles can be extremely dangerous, especially when placed near an object that could catch fire. Candle flames can quickly heighten or be knocked over.
- Unplug portable electric items. Not only will you be charged for electricity for items that are plugged in, but a faulty device can wreck havoc. Unplug things like hair dryers, curling irons, coffee makers, and other small appliances when not in use.
In addition, if a fire does occur, here are some home fires safety tips to make sure that you and your family make it out of the house safely:
- Know your escape path. No one ever expects that a fire is going to occur, but take a moment and make sure you have a way to escape, whether it’s through a window on the ground floor or crawling to the front door, know your route ahead of time. Remember with a fire that smoke spreads quickly and may require you to be on your hands and knees.
- Check for hot doorknobs. Heat on the doorknob indicates that fire could be close by, and opening the door could supply additional oxygen, contributing to a worse and even fatal problem.
- Specify a meeting place. Let everyone in your family and especially children know where you would gather outside in case of an emergency.
- Stop, drop, and roll. This basic home fire safety tip is one to remember in a time of panic. If your clothing catches on fire, running will only make it worse, so stop, drop, and roll should be your mantra.
- Call 911 or another emergency number. Make sure you have this number on speed dial in your phone.