Fire can cause a lot of damage to your home and put your family’s safety at risk. Firefighters are trained to put out fires and the city likely conducts a regular fire hydrant flow test to ensure that it is ready for an emergency, but you also have your part to play. It is important not only to take every possible precaution to prevent a fire but also to know what to do in case a fire breaks out.
Don’t Leave Fire-Inducing Items Unattended
Even a small flame can turn into a big fire. Blow out candles when you leave the room. While it’s better not to smoke in your home at all, if you choose to do so, be careful to make sure the cigarette is stubbed out before you walk away from the ashtray. Even items such as space heaters have heating elements that could cause a fire if they are tipped over or come into contact with something flammable.
Install and Test Smoke Alarms
If a fire does occur, you need to know about it as soon as possible. You should have at least one fire alarm installed on every level of your home and inside every bedroom. It’s a good idea to have a system that links all the alarms together so that if one goes off downstairs, you don’t have to wait until the smoke rises to the second floor to be alerted that you need to leave. Test the batteries once a month and replace them if necessary.
Have an Escape Plan
Every member of your family should know the fastest way to escape in case of a fire. Talk about your escape plan and practice it until everyone understands what to do. It is also a good idea to designate a safe place to meet in case you get separated.
Fire prevention is best, but it’s also good to take precaution just in case preventative measures fail. Being equipped to respond quickly can minimize damage and keep your family safe.