Fire Safety Tips For the Home to Prevent House Fire Casualties

According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2016, 3,400 people died in structural fires in the United States and many of the fire deaths reported in 2016 could have been prevented. Let’s look at seven fire safety tips for the home that you can use to keep your family safe.

1. Install Fire Alarms

Fire alarms reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by house fires. An alarm gives you and your family time to get out of the house. If you don’t already have them, you need to have fire alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside sleeping areas. You can use battery powered ones or have them hardwired into your home’s electrical system.

2. Maintain and Test Fire Alarms

Installing fire alarms is the first step, however, be sure to maintain the fire alarms so they will work when you need them to. Use a soft brush extension on your vacuum cleaner to remove dust from the fire alarm sensor. Test the batteries at the beginning of every season and be sure to change the batteries at least once a year. This is one of the basic fire safety tips for the home that will keep your smoke alarms reliable.

3. Keep Flames Away From Children

Fire can be fascinating for young children. They don’t understand the potential danger that fire brings. To prevent a child from starting a fire, you need to keep lighters and matches in secure containers well away from their curious fingers. A simple flame can turn into a devastating house fire.

4. Keep a Fire Extinguisher On Hand

If a fire breaks out, get out of the structure immediately and call emergency services. Let the fire professionals handle putting the flames out. In some cases, however, a fire extinguisher can put out a small fire before it becomes a major issue.

Select an ABC fire extinguisher rated to handle all types of fires and keep it in an accessible area in the kitchen.

5. Maintain and Service Fireplaces and Wood Stoves

Winter time brings colder weather. Fireplaces and wood-burning stoves are two common heating choices during the winter months. While providing effective heat for your home, these appliances can be fire hazards if they are not properly maintained.

Have a licensed professional inspect the fireplace or stove at least once a year. Have the flue or chimney cleaned and repaired as recommended.

6. Don’t Leave Open Flames Unattended

Candles are a romantic touch on date night or a solution when the power goes out, but an open flame can cause problems. If the candle tips over, it could bring the flame into contact with flammable materials like fabric, wood, or paper. Within seconds, you may have a major fire on your hands.

Never leave an open flame unattended, and keep lit candles in enclosed candle holders.

7. Practice Kitchen Safety

Cooking is the single most common cause of home fires. And, among those fires, unattended cooking was the biggest reason for the fire breaking out.

Never leave the kitchen when cooking. When cooking is done, turn off the burner or stove immediately. Keep towels, clothing, and other combustibles away from the stove top.

These fire safety tips for the home will help you prevent fires and keep your family safe.

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