5 Fire Prevention Safety Tips for the Home
Every 85 seconds in the United States, a home fire takes place. It is always in your best interests to understand the basics of DIY fire safety in the home. Here are five fire prevention and safety tips for the home.
Make Sure You Cook Safely.
The National Fire Protection Association names unattended cooking as the number one factor for home fires. If you have to leave the kitchen for any reason if you are cooking, turn off the stove. Do not cook if you have been drinking, and check the food regularly to make sure that nothing catches fire by accident.
Always Check Your Space Heaters.
If you have a wooden stove or a space heater in your home, you can easily light up items that find their way over to that part of the room by accident. Make sure that these heaters are off before you go to bed for the evening. If you have children or pets in the home, never leave them unsupervised with a space heater or a wooden stove. You should also have a three foot radius between these appliances and everything else in the room, and if you have to rearrange the room to make this happen, do it now.
Make Sure You Have an Escape Plan.
Having an escape plan actually gives you a twofold protection: First of all, you ensure your safety if a completely unavoidable accident occurs. Secondly, in order to have an escape route, you will actually help to protect yourself from a home fire by getting rid of clutter. Hoarding, or having too many possessions in one place in the home, is a leading cause of home fires. In order to map out an escape route, you must naturally reduce the hoarding in your home, which will protect you.
Look Into a Fire Alarm System.
The majority of house fires occur in homes in which there is no alarm system. You need an alarm to alert you to situations that are invisible to the naked eye. For instance, you may have a gas leak that would otherwise facilitate a spark fire and catch you completely unaware. Contrary to popular belief, not all flammable gases smell. Your alarm will also remind you if you have left on a stove top or you have an ember pop out of the fireplace before something happens. Make sure that you test your smoke detectors at least two times a year.
Update Your Electrical Cords Frequently.
Electrical cords that are old will fray and deteriorate, exposing the naked wiring beneath the rubber protective surface. The electrical fires that these cords can cause are especially dangerous and difficult to put out. Do not run any extension cords under your carpeting or across any doorways if you can help it. Make sure that you never overload a circuit: Only plug in a single high wattage appliance per outlet if this is possible.