The 5 Things You Must Know about Fire Safety
Most fires break out in a home. It’s the one place where you do your cooking, recharge your electric devices and heat your space for your comfort.
Knowing how to plan for fire safety can do more than protect your property; it can save your life, especially if you put these fire safety tips to use.
- Fireproof Your Home
No home is completely fireproof, but you can do a lot to make your home safer.
- Never leave burning candles unattended.
- Avoid overloading electrical devices with too many devices.
- Install smoke detectors and replace the batteries regularly.
- Replace your smoke detectors every decade.
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Place heaters away from flammable materials.
- Have an Escape Plan
If fire does strike, know what to do next. Nothing is more important than your life. Preserve it by escaping:
- Know at least two routes in your home for escaping a fire.
- Check window and doors safety bars regularly to make sure the can be opened.
- Establish a rendezvous point outdoors where everyone can meet.
- Teach Your Children about Fire Safety
Your kids learn about fire safety in school, but schools can’t teach about fire safety specifics in your home. That’s where you come in.
What you can do:
- Establish rules about cooking, especially for when you are not home.
- Hold regular fire safety drills.
- Teach children to stop, drop and roll if their clothes catch on fire.
- Tell children, “Do not hide, get outside” if there is a fire.
- About Your Pets
Pets know when danger is present. The first thing they want to do is get away from any perilous hazard. If they can’t flee it, they hide from it. That can make finding your pets nearly impossible if a fire breaks out.
What you can do for fire safety for your pets:
- Place a sticker or note in the front window indicating that you have pets. Organizations like the ASPCA have free stickers.
- Make sure that your pets are tagged or micro-chipped.
- When you leave your home, keep your pets in a room near the front of your home so they are easier to find.
- Use a monitoring device, like a personal safety app such as MyGuard, to report a fire breakout.
- After the Fire
A house fire can leave you feeling overwhelmed. It can be hard to sort out everything that needs to be done, but begin here:
- Notify family and friends that you are safe.rge to go back into your home until the fire department says you can.
- Arrange for an alternative place to stay.
- Contact your insurance company.
Make your fire safety plan before you need to use it. Hopefully you will never need it, but you’ll be glad you have it if you do.