Practicing smart fire safety is one of the most important things you can do for your family. By following a few simple steps, you can help prevent the incident of a fire, and prepare your family in the event of an actual fire emergency.
Install Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors save lives. Install smoke detectors in your kitchen, bedrooms and hallways leading to the bedrooms, as well as every level of your home. Test your alarms every month and replace the batteries at least once a year. (Most fatalities due to smoke inhalation result in a home with faulty detectors!) Teach your children what a smoke detector sounds like and what to do if they hear a smoke alarm in your home.
Have a Fire Safety Plan
Have a fire escape and safety plan in place for your family. Teach your children how to crawl to the doors by following a wall, feel for heat on a door with the back of their hand and crawl to the nearest exit. Designate a place for your children to meet you outside of the home. This may be a neighbor’s or on the adjacent corner from your home. Remember to practice your family’s plan until everyone understands their responsibility.
Keep a Fire Extinguisher in the Kitchen
An up-to-date fire extinguisher rated for kitchen fires can save your family and home in an emergency. Keep a fire extinguisher under the kitchen sink and know how to use it before an emergency strikes. A Class B:C extinguisher is best for use in a kitchen. B:C extinguishers are excellent against flammable liquids and electrical equipment, and they start for as little as $12.98. Do not use water to put out your kitchen fires, use your extinguisher!
Fire safety is important for your family and your home. Protect who and what you love from a devastating fire by being prepared. Install smoke alarms, purchase a fire extinguisher and practice your family’s fire safety plan. Be safe and fire free this year.