Safeguarding Your Home Against One Of The Most Common Perils
The number of house fires that take place each year is extremely overwhelming. You have invested a great deal of time, money, and heart into your home, why leave it vulnerable to harm? Gathered are essential safety tips for home fire safety:
- No matter how long the recipe says to cook, never leave anything cooking in the kitchen unattended. While you may be inclined to assume you are safe, nearly 60 percent of house fires begin on the kitchen stove.
- You should have a non-expired and charged fire extinguisher in close proximity, in case of an emergency.
- Before using your fireplace each year, be sure to have it swept and inspected by a professional. This will ensure that soot buildup does not leave your home and family vulnerable to harm. When using your fireplace, be sure to only burn wood, not trash or cardboard boxes.
- How can your smoke alarms perform their job and save lives if they have not been maintained and replenished of their battery? Make a true effort to check the battery of your smoke detector twice a year, perhaps when you turn the clock for the beginning and end of daylight saving time.
- Most importantly, you must have a fire disaster plan in place for your family. This means planning several escape routes for each room in your home and reviewing your fire safety drill with each member of your family regularly. Also, you will want to reiterate the “stop, drop, and roll” rule, as many forget this simple maneuver during moments of chaos.