One of the scariest things that can happen to a homeowner is an unexpected home fire. Luckily, there are a number of things that you can do to substantially reduce the chances of a fire outbreak in your home.
According to statistics, over three-quarters of all fire-related injuries and deaths happen inside a home and that’s why it is imperative to practice extreme caution and ensure that a fire never takes effect in your property. To help you with that, we have listed several fire safety tips.
Have an Escape Plan
Fires tend to spread quickly and can bring down a small house in just a few minutes. It is therefore advisable to have an escape plan in case of a fire outbreak. Ensure that all escape routes are mapped properly and every family member knows about them as well as the meeting spot outside the house. Also, it’s wise to practice your escape plan at least once a month.
Learn How To Utilize Fire Extinguishers
There are various types of extinguishers out there, but it’s recommended that you get a multi-purpose fire extinguisher that’s big enough to put out a small fire, but also light to carry and operate with ease.
You should quickly get the fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small region and is not spreading. You should always remember the term PASS. Simply Pull the pin, Aim low and Squeeze the lever gradually, followed by Sweeping the nozzle side to side. It’s advisable to have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, one on every floor as well as the garage and basement.
Install Smoke Alarms
This is one of the best things you can do for yourself when it comes to fire safety. Consider installing interconnected smoke alarms so that if one goes off, the rest follow. This will make it easier to know that there’s a fire outbreak for instance in the basement when you are sleeping on the second floor. Also, check all the alarms on a monthly basis to ensure they all work.
Use Candles Cautiously
You should never leave a burning candle unattended. Put out all candles when you leave a room or go to sleep. When using them, ensure they are at least 12 inches away from anything that can catch fire like furniture, blankets, and curtains. Also, ensure you use candle holders that will not tip over easily. Alternatively, you can use flameless candles as they provide a similar ambiance while avoiding the risk of a fire outbreak.
Exercise Electrical Safety
You should always hire a licensed electrician for extensive electric work and have any remodeled places in your property checked for fire safety. Also, major appliances like stoves, dryers, washers, and fridges should be plugged directly into a wall outlet and not an extension cord. Ideally, avoid using electrical cords under carpets or doorways.
This is certainly not a comprehensive list when it comes to fire safety in homes. However, the tips mentioned above should help reduce the chances of your home catching fire.