There were over 1.3 million house fires in the U.S. in 2017 alone.
Some were minor others were devastating with more than 3,400 fatal injuries.
The sad fact is that many fires are preventable if you are proactive about fire safety.
When you know how to prevent fire and to recognize any hazards or dangers, you can breathe easy knowing you’re safe even if a fire were to occur.
How can you be sure your family is safe? By making sure they know how to prevent a fire from starting and what to do if one does.
Everyone needs to be prepared. You can’t just have a plan in your head or think that you’ll protect the others if something were to happen. They each need to know what to do.
Keep reading for the top fire safety tips you need to be following to protect your family and home.
Fire Safety Equipment
One of the biggest things you can do to protect your family from the dangers of a fire is to ensure your home is equipped with fire safety items such as working fire smoke alarms and accessible fire extinguishers.
It doesn’t do any good to have these items and not know how to use them or if you haven’t made sure they’re all in working order.
Regularly checking to make sure that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors all have good batteries.
Teach and review how to use fire extinguisher with all family members capable of using one.
The easiest way to remember how to use a fire extinguisher is:
A fire suppression system can be critical in helping your family remaining safe even if a fire does occur.
If you live in a condominium or apartment building it should be equipped with one to keep all residents safe.
Inquire with your building manager or owner to learn about the maintenance and efficiency of the system in your building.
Have a Family Plan
An important aspect of keeping your family safe is to have a solid family fire plan that everyone is comfortable and capable of executing.
Make sure even young children are aware of how to safely react to dangers such as a fire.
You’ll want to go over and practice the plan to ensure everyone is confident and familiar with what to do if there is a fire.
There needs to be a family meeting place set up so that everyone gathers in the same place after safely exiting the house.
This will allow you to all know ahead of time where you are to meet if the house needs to be quickly evacuated.
Be Fire Smart
There are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of a fire starting or raging out of control.
- Never leave the kitchen when the stove is on
- Don’t leave candles, open flames or heaters unattended
- Keep your dryer clean of lint buildup
- Don’t use broken or frayed electrical cords
- Keep fire-starting tools out of reach of children
- No smoking/safe smoking habits
- Use safe lighting and habits at Christmas
You are the biggest factor in fire safety and prevention. Making safety a priority can be a lifesaving decision.
Education and Awareness are the Best Way How to Prevent Fire
The more you and your family know about how to prevent fire and be fire safe, the safer your family will be.
The biggest thing you can do for your family is to promote fire safety as a priority in your home.
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