10 Fire Prevention Planning Tips for your Home

fire preventionIf the smoke alarm goes off in your home, do you and your family have a fire escape plan?

In 2011, fire departments responded to 370,000 home fires – and while not all home fires are preventable, creating a fire-prevention plan can reduce the risk of fire in your home. Check out the home fire prevention tips below to keep your home and family safe.

1. Sweep the chimney

Do this yearly to prevent the buildup of flammable creosote.

2. Install Smoke detectors

Place a smoke detector on every floor, and in or near every bedroom. Make sure to test the batteries regularly and change every six months.

3. Plan Fire escapes

Keep roll-out ladders near each window above the first floor for a safe escape in case of fire.

4. Be careful with space heaters

Place space heaters at least 3 feet away from other objects.

5. Use a Safe

Protect irreplaceable items and important documents in a safe that has an Underwriters Laboratory Rating of 125 or above.

6. Use a surge protector on electrical outlets

Use one surge protector per wall outlet to protect your electrical system and electronics.

7. Consider battery-operated candles

Rather than burning real candles, try battery-operated ones instead. If you do burn real candles, never leave them unattended.

8. Keep an eye on the stove

Don’t leave a hot stove while cooking. Stay in the kitchen, and avoid trying to multitask while cooking a meal.

9. Maintain your Fire extinguisher

Keep a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen, and replace it as often as the manufacturer recommends.

10. Practice Fire Drills

Run practice fire drills with your family to ensure that everyone knows which exits to use in case of an emergency.

Keep your family and property safe by having a fire escape plan, and avoiding common fire hazards. And pass this fire safety tips infographic along to friends and family so they can do the same.

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