Thousands of people die each year in residential fires, which makes fire safety a concern for everyone. This type of tragedy could be prevented by following a few tips that can prepare you and your family.
Fires spread quickly. An abundance of flammable material can feed a fire and turn your home into a tinderbox. You may have only a few minutes to evacuate yourself and your family before the situation becomes desperate.
Fires in the home have many causes, and the unexpected ones that catch us unaware usually have the highest mortality rate. Most fatal fires occur during the night when our guard is down and we are less alert.
The majority of deaths from fire do not occur from burns, but from asphyxiation and smoke inhalation. Fatality may not be immediate… complications can lead to death days, weeks or months after the fire.
Have a plan in place so that you and your family can reach safety in the event of a house fire, no matter what room they happen to be occupying at the time. Once you have a plan in place, practice it regularly so that everyone knows what to do.
Document your escape plan on a map that everyone can understand. This should include several escape routes, and a pre-arranged meeting place so that the safety of all people in the house can be confirmed.
Have fire extinguishers conveniently located in high-risk areas, such as the kitchen and garage. Check the batteries in your smoke alarms regularly, and make sure that everyone knows what to do when they go off.
Fire Safety Tips for your Home
Here are a few things to bear in mind to keep the threat of a house fire from becoming a reality.
- Stay focused in the kitchen – Never leave pots unattended for any reason. Keep flammable materials away from sources of heat.
- Turn off appliances when leaving a room – An electronic device can cause a fire if it overheats or develops a short.
- Educate your kids – Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children, and tell them about other potential fire hazards.
In the event of a fire, you want your family to be safe. A disaster recovery specialist can assist with fire cleanup and restore your home from fire damage. Use these fire safety tips to keep your family out of harm’s way.