Prevent House Fires Using Fire Safety Tips
Edited by Robbi, Eng
How to prevent home fires is something that most people think about from time to time. Many don't address the fire prevention issue as often as they should or initiate the home fire safety inspections and home fire drills which could help to keep them safe.
Every year thousands of fires cause untold destruction to homes and businesses. Some cost the family their homes, while others may cost them their lives. Even in the event of a fire in either the home or in a business, fire drills can help you to get out safely, because you've practiced and know what to do.
Destruction of the family home or a business is one of the most devastating things a person can experience. The United States Red Cross estimates there is a fire every 8 minutes in the United States.
Thankfully, most house fire disasters can be avoided with proper safety precautions.The same is true of fires in business. Do you know how to prevent fires and what to do in the event of a fire?
How Can You Prevent Fires
- 1Sweep Your Home for Danger - The first thing item on your list of fire prevention has to be cleaning up.Walk through your home, taking note of combustible or flammable materials. Lighter fluid, painting supplies and other flammable liquids should be safely stored outside the home or in the garage.Advertisement
- 2Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and more than one per level if you have an extremely large house.They should also be present in each bedroom and outside each sleeping area. Once installed test each alarm regularly, change batteries as necessary and keep the devices dust free.Advertisement
- 3One of the top five causes of house fires is electrical.Outlets are only supposed to deliver so much electricity and when it is overloaded, it forces more through the wires leading to deterioration of the wiring in the walls leading to sparks and fires.
- 4Perhaps the most common cause of house fires is cooking.Splattering grease and food can ignite and quickly flame, so it is a good idea to stay in the kitchen while cooking and keep safety equipment such as fire extinguishers in good working order and handy.
- 5Furnaces and heaters are also culprits in many house fires, which is why you should have them inspected annually.Replace filters as recommended by the manufacturer and of course keep freestanding heaters clear of clothing, debris and flammable materials.
- 6Too often home fires are caused by not being careful with smoking.Today's cigarettes have been treated so they go out more quickly, but a dropped butt or ember can still smolder for hours before bursting into flames. A few rules for smoking: never smoke in bed, use deep ashtrays, supervise anyone who is drowsy and smoking and never dump an ashtray if you have recently extinguished a cigarette.
- 7Candles are a beautiful way to accent your home décor and many of them release a pleasant fragrance.However, you must keep safety in mind. Never burn candles near drapes, curtains, blinds or where children and pets could knock them over. Always extinguish candles if you are leaving the room or going to bed.
- 8Older homes will give subtle warnings about electrical problems, particularly old wiring that needs to be replaced.If you are dealing with blown fuses, tripped breakers or have to turn off one appliance before running another it is time to invite an electrician over!
- 9Holiday decorating usually consists of copious amounts of lights, especially on the Christmas tree.If you are using a live tree, make sure to keep it watered during the season and discard it once the needles begin drying out. Before stringing lights make sure, they are in good physical condition with no breaks or frayed ends.
- 10Children are curious and will often play with matches and lighters, which can lead to a deadly home fire.Keep all lighters and matches in a safe place inaccessible by small children, at the same time teach them the importance of fire safety.
Staying Safe in the Home or Business
- 1Have a fire extinguisher in place which is readily available.Make it a point to label it and to call everyone's attention to it.Advertisement
- 2Make sure that every person in the home and in the office is trained in the use of a fire extinguisher.Make sure that they know how to use it and how to find it.
- 3Make a plan for staying safe in the event of a fire.Include a place to meet and the best way for each family member to get out of the home.
- 4In a fire you usually have less than five minutes to get out safely.Practice will help you to achieve that.
- 5Spend a little time every month going over your plan if a fire should ever take place in your home.
- 6Know how you will all get out, where you will meet to be sure that everyone got out of the house and who is responsible for doing your monthly tests of the fire alarms.
Children and Fire Safety
- 1Show your children firemen and women in the performance of their duty.Advertisement
- 2Make sure that kids know what a firefighter looks like in their fire gear so that they are not afraid of them and hide from them.Many tragedies take place because children are afraid of the firefighters.
- 3Involve your children in the fire drills at home and make very sure that they are instructed NOT to go looking for other family members.Ensure that they know what to do in the event of a fire.Advertisement
To Sum it Up
Fire safety is no accident. It requires hard work and it requires attention to detail.
Home fires are one of the most common disasters in the United States, but thankfully, they are also the most preventable. By taking a little extra time, you can prevent house fires and the majority of fires in business and minimize the risk to family members and co workers in the event you do have a fire.
Everyone in the family should understand fire prevention and safety.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.