Residential fires can be caused by a number of things from cooking to electricity, careless smoking and even wood burning stoves. Because there are so many things that could cause your home to ignite into flames, protecting your home, your property and your family from fire is critical.
There are several things that you can do to make your home a bit more fire-proof. One of the best ways to ensure that you do not lose your home completely to fire is to have a good alarm system installed. Smoke detectors should always be installed in the appropriate areas and a system that offers remote monitoring is a good idea as well. Monitoring services can contact the fire department for you should a fire ignite in your home and you are unable to call for help.
Aside from protecting your home through fire detection and monitoring, there are also things that you can do to lower the risk of a fire in your home. Safe cooking is essential in ensuring that there are no accidental kitchen fires. Preventing the buildup of grease on and around your stove is important, particularly if you cook with gas. If you do have a grease fire, you should know how to extinguish that fire to keep it from spreading. Every kitchen should have a fire extinguisher and those who may be cooking in your home should know how to put out grease fires properly as well as what to do should those fires get out of control.
It is also important that you have regular fire escape drills and that everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire. Plan an escape from every room in the home and practice these routes regularly so that everyone, even small children know what to do if a fire breaks out. You should instruct children on how to crawl low in the home when there is a fire and keep their mouths covered to prevent smoke inhalation.
If you or someone in your home smokes, it is very important that you practice safe smoking habits. You should never under any circumstances smoke while lying in bed. Also keep lighters and matches in a place where they cannot be reached by children and always ensure that cigarettes and matches are completely out before placing them in garbage bags or cans.
Because many home fires start at an electrical level, it is equally important that you use safety plugs if you have small children in the home and never overload your outlets. Electrical cords should never be placed under furniture or carpeting and you should never have multiple extension cords running to and from electrical appliances. Never use a cord that is cracked or damaged in any way and you may want to have your electrical wires and your fuse box checked if you live in an older home or if you have had recent electrical work done such as installing new lighting or adding a room to your home.
Protecting yourself and your family from fire is not difficult. It starts with knowledge of how to avoid certain issues that can cause a fire and ensuring that you have protection such as smoke alarms and a monitored home security system in the event that you do experience a home fire.
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