Fire Safety Tips for the Home
We all know how important it is to be prepared if a fire were to ever occur in the home. But we also know that prevention is always preferable, so it's time to take stock of your family's awareness and practices of fire safety in the house. Some of the common sense stuff that is easy to get lazy about includes:
- Keep matches and lighters in locked cabinets, away from small children.
- Only allow candles to be lit when an adult is in the room, and make sure your candleholders are made of materials that aren't flammable, like glass or metal.
- Have chimneys, fireplaces and wood stoves inspected once a year and cleaned as necessary.
- Keep space heaters away from curtains and other flammable items, and make sure they're turned off (and unplugged when possible) when you leave the house or go to bed.
- If you have to keep a gas can at your house, try to store it in an outdoor shed, away from the main building of your home.
- If you have windows or doors with security bars, make sure they have a quick release option and that everyone in the family knows how to open them.
- Keep dish towels away from an open flame and never leave the stove or oven unattended.
- Have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, test them every month and change the batteries at least once a year. If you're hooked up to a security system, test that it pages the fire department when the alarm goes off. You can work with your security company to make this happen.
- Ensure that all of your light bulbs are the correct wattage for your lamps and fixtures. If they're too high, they can easily catch fire.
- Keep a fire extinguisher on hand for small fires.