20 Nov 8 Lifesaving Tips to Protect Your Family and Home From Fire
Every year, the winter months bring an increased chance of home fires. Are you doing everything possible to keep your family and home safe this winter?
Below are 8 important fire safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration. Take some time to discuss these guidelines with all the members of your household.
- Install at least one smoke detector on every level of your home (and outside bedrooms). Test them monthly and replace batteries at least once a year.
- Don’t overload circuits and extension cords.
- Don’t smoke in bed.
- Heat your home safely. Place fire screens in front of your fireplace and have your chimney cleaned every year to prevent chimney fires. Keep combustible materials at least 3 feet away from portable heaters.
- Consider installing home fire sprinklers in addition to smoke detectors. They can greatly increase your chances of surviving a fire and may increase property value and lower insurance rates.
- Take care when burning candles. December is the peak month for candle fires in the home, according to the USFA. Do not leave candles unattended and keep them away from flammable items, children, and pets.
- Maintain an emergency exit plan for your home. Practice it with the entire family from every room in the house. Remember to stay low, don’t open doors that are hot, and designate a safe meeting place outside. Teach young children not to hide in the event of a fire, but to instead follow the exit plan.
- Talk to small children about the dangers of fire, matches, and lighters.