Some Recommended Fire Safety Tips

  • Smoke Alarms

    First and foremost, every home should have smoke alarms installed in every bedroom and other areas of the home as required by local and state building codes. Smoke alarms are the most important product you can place in your home to alert family members of the event of a fire breakout and potentially save lives, especially at night when everyone is sound asleep. However, smoke alarms won’t work unless they are tested regularly, maintained with a fresh battery every six months, and replaced every few years.

  • Fire Extinguishers

    Most people think that fire extinguishers are only used in commercial establishments, office buildings, and government buildings. But the same benefit they provide for those buildings can also benefit a private residence. A fire extinguisher should be placed near any area where a potential fire may erupt such as the kitchen or garage. They can prevent a small fire from becoming an uncontrollable blaze and the need to call the fire department. Fire extinguishers should be recharged or replaced every few years as directed by the manufacturer.

  • Other Fire Safety Ideas

    There are many ways to help prevent a fire from starting inside a home. For example, cleaning the lint buildup from a clothes dryer or removing grease buildup from a stovetop on a regular basis can prevent fires from starting from within those appliances and spreading to other parts of the room. Other tips include storing flammable materials such as gasoline, acetone, and cleaning fluids in safe containers and away from any ignition source. It’s better to take preventive measures than to bear the cost of fire damage repair after a major fire.

Have a Fire Plan

When a fire breaks out in a home, most residents will panic and don’t know what to do. It’s best to have a fire escape plan in place before a fire happens. A fire escape plan should include how to escape from any room in the house. This might include installing flexible escape ladders or tools to break a window. Next, you should teach everyone how to stay low to the floor to prevent smoke inhalation. For help designing a fire escape plan and learning about recommended fire safety techniques, contact your local fire department.