Fire safety devices that detect smoke or fire are a critical element in any home safety plan.

Preventing fires by practicing fire safety at home is the next best thing to having a reliable warning system.

Using these tips from professional fire safety companies, learn the ways to reduce the chance of having a house fire yet also know what to do should one happen.

With a good prevention strategy and an escape plan, families can lower their risk of dangerous house fires or being injured in one.

1. Have Fire Prevention and Safety Devices In The Home

The first step in any home safety plan is installing fire safety devices in the house.

Multiple fire and smoke detectors should be installed on every floor of the home, positioned near bedrooms, stairways, and in larger areas like family rooms.

Avoid placing them in the kitchen or near bathrooms where cooking smoke or steam could set them off.

Fire safety companies also recommend having at least one home-size fire extinguisher in the house and keeping it accessible, preferably in the kitchen or close to it.

Keep up with battery checks on the alarms and the expiration date on the extinguisher so that both work correctly when they are needed. 

2. Establish A Family Fire Safety Plan

Fire safety services find that the majority of home fires are caused by carelessness or mistakes.

Reduce the risk of fire by coming up with family safety rules and teaching them to every household resident:

  • Practice common sense cooking safety, especially when frying or using a gas stove in the kitchen or grilling outdoors near the house.
  • Clean and maintain furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces, chimneys, and wood stoves every year.
  • Use fireplaces and space heaters cautiously to prevent sparks or heat from igniting anything.
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets and use GFCI outlets in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Change the batteries in fire safety devices and test them out every year.
  • Store flammables in appropriate containers and away from sources of heat or fire.
  • Burn candles on a level, fire-resistant surface and never leave them unattended.

3.  Develop An Escape Plan and Practice It

Fire safety services stress that the occupants of a burning house may have as little as two minutes to get out of the structure and to safety.

Develop a plan that lists two ways to escape every room in the house and make a map of it so that everyone, especially kids, knows the location of all those potential exits.

Know how each of those exits can be used to escape and teach everyone how it should be done.

Include important safety procedures like creeping on their bellies to avoid inhaling smoke and testing for heat before opening any doors.

In addition, decide on a meeting place once everyone is out of the house.

Fire safety companies recommend running fire drills to practice how to escape the home safely and make it to the meeting spot.

Fire Home Safety Starts With A Good Safety Plan

Having fire and smoke detectors in your home is an important first step to maintaining the safety of your dwelling and family.

Still, fire protection companies warn against relying solely on those devices for preventing or dealing with a fire.

Develop a fire safety plan that includes safety devices to alert, household rules for prevention, and an escape procedure so everyone gets out safely if necessary.

If you want to know if your home is appropriately protected with the right type and number of detectors, schedule an inspection with a local fire safety service.

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