Fire Safety in the Home

Fire safety in the home is one of the most important topics that a family can discuss. The reports of residential fires that could have been prevented continues to rise and it is a trend that can be slowed if people work to follow fire safety rules at all times.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that there were 370,000 house fires in 2011 which resulted in 2,520 deaths. There are things that a family can do which would reduce the chances that they would be exposed to a house fire and protect their home as well.

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Have a Plan

A family that has a plan in place in case of an emergency is a family that is more likely to survive a fire than a family who has no plan. Sadly, most families do not have a plan to follow in case of a fire. Not only should you develop a fire escape plan, but you should also practice that escape plan once a month to make sure everyone knows it.

Your plan should devise escape routes for every room in the house, because you never know where people will be in your home when a fire breaks out. If there are belongings that need to be salvaged, then salvaging those items should be part of the plan. The plan should also account for family pets and any family members who would be unable to escape on their own.

Every escape route should lead to a meeting place outside the home where everyone can convene and be accounted for. A family should work together on this plan and then update it when conditions within the house change.

Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can be the safety devices that save your family's life one day. There are services available that will install full security systems that include smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, along with the ability to alert the local authorities when there is a fire.

Some fires start when the family is fast asleep. A smoke detector will alert the family that there is a problem and give everyone time to escape. A carbon monoxide detector will alert the family when the levels of the dangerous gas are too high in the home and everyone needs to get out.

Have Fire Safety Equipment On Hand

Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher that is fully charged and ready to be used. A fire extinguisher should be at some convenient place in the kitchen, in the basement, in the attic and in the garage as well.

Learn Fire Safety

Did you know that throwing water on a grease fire in your kitchen is one of the worst things you can do? The water will splash the burning grease and cause the fire to spread. The best approach is to turn off the burner and then cover the pan to smother the fire.

Fire safety is not something that a family should take for granted. There are home fire safety courses available from the local fire departments that a family could take part in, or the family can invest in fire safety DVDs to watch at home together and learn good rules for fire safety.

Watch For Dangers

When the whole family remains vigilant about fire safety, then it can reduce the possibility of a fire happening. Once a month, the family should conduct a personal inspection of the house and look for any potential fire hazards. These would include frayed wires, excessive grease collecting above or behind the stove and paper items stacked near the fireplace or furnace.

Remember Home Maintenance

If you do not have your fireplace chimney cleaned regularly, then the collection of debris inside the chimney can catch on fire. For those who do not have a chimney, this may not apply. But there are plenty of instances where attending to regular home maintenance can prevent fires.

Simple tasks such as cleaning out overflowing cigarette ashtrays will help to reduce fire risk. The National Fire Prevention Association states that smoking in the home is the leading cause of house fires. Perhaps part of a home maintenance plan could be to create an area outside the home where people can smoke and reduce the dangers inside the home.

Fire safety in the home is everyone's responsibility. There are simple steps that a family can take to reduce the possibility that their home could catch on fire and turn their house into a national statistic.

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