When it comes to protecting your home from fires, there are two primary components. Foremost is prevention, making sure fires don’t have an opportunity to begin with. This involves inspecting equipment and making sure potentially flammable materials are stored properly. The second important consideration is detection: More than half of all home fire deaths occur in homes that do not have smoke alarms or in which the smoke alarms do not work properly.
Following these guidelines can help you keep your family safe from fire.
- 1 Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in home fires in half. Make sure your smoke alarm is working properly and has a fresh battery or is hardwired.
- 2 Develop an escape plan and practice it with your family.
- 3 Never leave cooking food unattended, as that is the largest single factor in cooking-related fires.
- 4 Do not wear loose clothing around open flames or hot surfaces, as they can easily catch fire and lead to death.
- 5 Make sure chimneys and furnace inputs and exhausts are cleaned properly before seasonal use.
- 6 Fires caused by smoking materials cause more deaths at home than any other type of fire. If you smoke, always make sure smoking materials are properly extinguished.
- 7 There are 25 home candle fires reported per day on average. Never leave candles burning overnight, make sure all candles flames are contained during use, and extinguish candle flames when done.
- Fire alarms are working properly with fresh batteries or hardwired electrical connections.
- A fire escape plan has been created, practiced, and posted prominently where everyone in the home can see it.
- Chimneys and furnace inputs/exhausts are free of soot, debris, and other blockages.
- Candles are located away from other flammable objects.
Teaching young children about fire safety can be tricky, so we created this Firefighter Says game to make it fun and easy.