A small home fire can spread much too quickly. Fire safety is important! According to the American Red Cross, if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape. One of the best ways to prevent fire is to remove or minimize hazards that may lead to fire.
According to the National Safety Council, 2,200 deaths were caused by burns and injuries related to fires in 2013. National Fire Protection Association research shows about half of all fires start at night, while people are asleep. Their 2015 Fire Prevention week slogan is “Hear the Beep where you Sleep”, emphasizing the importance of working smoke detectors.
Help keep your family and home safe by following these tips.
Fire Safety Tips
- In a fire, leave your house, then call 911.
- For fire safety, a working smoke detector should be on each floor of your home, including the attic, in addition to one in each bedroom. Make sure you test your detectors and replace batteries as necessary.
- Make sure that you clearly post your address to help firefighters locate your home in case of an emergency.
- Have a fire escape route and practice fire drills with children. Make sure your family knows more than one way to get out of your home and what to do in an emergency.
- Stickers are available for doors to notify firefighters what and how many pets may be at risk in your home.
- If your clothes catch on fire, Stop, Drop, and Roll.
Help Prevent Fire
Of course, preventing fire should be the first step. Follow these tips to help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your home.
- Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach. Trim shrubs and trees and remove dead, dry leaves that could catch fire. Also, trash and abandoned vehicles on your property can increase the risk of a fire.
- Have your chimney cleaned out on a regular basis.
- Store combustible items away from your home.
- Keep all candles away from curtains. Regularly cut down candle wicks and do not let candles burn unattended.
- Make sure to check all appliances, cords, and outlets. They should be in good condition and not overused.
- Do not leave things cooking on the stove unattended, and keep flammable items like potholders and towels away.
Follow these tips to help reduce the chances of a fire in your home, but make sure that your smoke detectors are installed and working in case a fire does occur. Remember these fire safety tip! And if your smoke detectors are not a part of your monitored alarm system, call our sales team to find out how you can add monitored smoke detectors so that you and the fire department will be notified in the event of a fire.