House fires can result in devastating loss of property and sometimes lives. Fortunately, house fires are highly preventable through proper planning. It is well worth taking a few minutes to discuss fire safety if it means saving lives.
Keep reading for some of our top fire safety planning tips to ensure you and your family stay safe.
The Top Fire Safety Planning Tip: Install Smoke Detectors
The first and most important thing you need to do to protect your home and your family from a fire is to install smoke detectors throughout your home.
This is an affordable and easy way to be immediately alerted to a potential fire in your home. They should be installed on every floor and near any bedrooms.
The catch is, simply installing smoke detectors is not enough. Many homeowners install smoke detectors but fail to maintain them. It's important to test your smoke detectors once a month. If they aren't working or their batteries are dead, they are useless.
You should completely replace their batteries every 10 years. Never disable your smoke detectors for any reason, including while you cook.
Get Fire Extinguishers
The second most important way to prepare your home for a fire is to purchase fire extinguishers and make sure they are ready to use throughout your home.
If a small fire breaks out, using a fire extinguisher will prevent the fire from spreading. It's important to keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, workshop, and garage. Make sure to check them regularly to make sure they are in working order.
You can contact your local fire department if you need help learning to use or maintain your fire extinguisher.
You might even get a discount on your homeowner's insurance for having one.
Educate Your Children
Talking to your kids about fire safety is an easy way to prevent home fires.
Many fires are unintentionally set by kids playing with lighters and matches.
Educating your children on the dangers of playing with fire and teaching them what to do if a fire breaks out will help keep them safe around fire.
Teach them that about firefighters and that it's important not to hide if there is a fire. Finally, teach them the age-old adage, STOP, DROP, and ROLL.
Create a Plan
If despite your preparedness, the worst does happen, it's important to have a plan in place.
Create both an escape plan and a communication plan for in the event of a fire in the home. Make sure every member of your family is on the same page when it comes to the plan.
Designate at least two escape routes from each bedroom. Practice the plan to the best of your ability to make sure there are no barricades such as stuck windows.
Make sure family members know where to meet and how to contact each other should a fire occur.
Consult a Professional
When it comes to fire safety planning, there is no such thing as too much.
Consider consulting a professional fire security systems company to help fire-proof your home. Keeping your family safe is their top priority.