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Tips to prevent fires in your home

9/12/2013 8:20:05 AM | by Fonthip Maspithak

Fire Alarm

Many people do not consider the importance of safeguarding their home from a possible fire until after it is already too late. Fires not only cause large amounts of monetary damage, they destroy items that can never be replaced, such as photographs and works of art. Tragedies like this do not need to happen. By following the simple fire safety tips described in this article, you can make sure that your family and your possessions are kept safe from a fire.

 

Make a plan

Making a plan is critical to the survival of your family if a fire breaks out. Each member of your family should know exactly where to go because it may be impossible to communicate with each other during the chaos of a fire. Children need to be aware of all potential exits from the home. You also need to decide on a place to meet each other after escaping the house. Keeping a flashlight in each room is a good safety precaution. If you have young children, practice the fire drill procedure. Make sure they know the correct path to take to get out of the house quickly. Have them keep doing it until they do it correctly. You should also buy fire blankets for each member of your family to use if they need to protect themselves while they are exiting the house.

 

Make rules of conduct

Along with an escape plan, it is important for every family to have certain rules they follow to keep the house as safe as possible. For example, each person should sleep with their doors closed to prevent deadly smoke and heat from entering your bedrooms. This will give you more time to escape. Make sure every person is prepared to get out of the house as quickly as possible, even if it means leaving valuables behind. If smoke is in the air, every person should crawl as low to the ground as they can when they exit the house. If a person catches on fire, remember the old stop, drop and roll method. Have your children practice this.

 

Equipment

Most houses are not equipped with fire hose reels and fire doors like office buildings. Therefore, it is extra important to make sure that your home has the equipment you need to alert you to the possibility of a fire and fight the fire if it is not too big. The first thing you need to have is a smoke detector on every floor of the house. However, having a smoke detector is not enough. You also need to make sure that it is working correctly. Battery operated smoke detectors will usually make a noise to alert you when their battery is low. Check each detector once a month just to be sure. You don't want to have your house burn down because of a faulty smoke detector. You should also have fire indicator panels installed. These panels control a home fire alarm system. They tell you where a fire is in the home. The sensors can detect any environmental changes caused by the fire. You can program them to take certain actions based on the location and severity of the fire. A fire extinguisher is important to have in your kitchen. There is always the possibility of a grease fire. If this happens, water will not put it out. As with your smoke detectors, you should check your fire extinguisher once a month to make sure it is functioning properly.

 

Space heaters

A space heater is nice to have if you just need to heat one room instead of the entire house. However, if you own a space heater, you need to make sure it has an automatic cut off switch. This switch will immediately turn off the space heater if it gets knocked over. This is a distinct possibility if you have pets or small children running around your house.

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