Keeping your Home Safe from Fire
House fires are sudden and unexpected. Studies show that you may only have two minutes to leave a home fire and escape to safety, which doesn't seem like much time. However, Following these tips from the American Red Cross will not only help you prevent house fires, but they will also help you prepare for one and make sure your family is safe if ever one does occur.
- Get Rid of Fire Hazards
Identifying and taking the necessary precautions to ensure that you do not have fire hazards in your home is important. This means every electronic items producing heat should be kept at least three feet away from anything flammable. Space heaters and electric blankets should be turned off when not in use.
- Avoid Smoking in Bed
Smoking in bed is dangerous because of the possibility of hot ashes igniting flammable bedding. It is also important to make sure all candles are extinguished when unattended.
- Make Sure Your Children Are Informed
Talk to your children about the importance of not playing with fire. You can take an additional precautionary step by keeping all matches and lighters stored high and out of reach or locked up in a place that your children cannot access.
- Check Your Smoke Alarms
Be sure you have working smoke detectors on every floor of your home and inside and outside of every sleeping area. Check these monthly to ensure the batteries are working. Replace smoke detectors every 10 years.
- Make a Plan
Discuss your outside meeting spot with your family and devise an escape plan. This escape plan should be practiced at least twice a year, and you should make sure that every member of your family is able to escape in less than two minutes.
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