When it comes to home fire safety, there’s a lot you can do to make sure you and your family are protected from a dangerous blaze. Most home fires only give the occupants a window of around two minutes to get out of the house and find a safe place. Having a plan for what to do if and when a fire occurs is one thing, but having the right measures in place to prevent that fire from even happening is another thing altogether. We’ll talk about a few great tips that will help you make sure your home isn’t vulnerable to fire.
Maintain Your Smoke Detectors (And Have Them in the House)
This one seems like a no-brainer, but entirely too many homeowners treat their smoke alarms with a surprising degree of nonchalance. Make sure you have a smoke detector in every single room. Make sure there are batteries in all of your smoke detectors, and that these batteries are fresh and new. Test your smoke detectors once a month. We’re talking about a few minutes’ worth of effort, but being consistent can wind up making a big difference. Another simple way to make sure that your smoke detectors are keeping you safe is to have the right size of spare batteries on hand at all times. Smoke detector batteries can die when you least expect it, and it’s not good to be caught without these alarms fully functional.
Give Space Heaters Plenty of Space
Space heaters are a great way to warm up a room, but they’re a common cause of house fires because sometimes individuals don’t realize exactly how much space they really need. You’re going to want to keep a good three-to-five foot “buffer space” around your space heater, especially if you have anything in the room that might catch fire. It’s also important to make sure curious pets and little ones are kept away from space heaters, as well. Not only is there a burn risk in these cases, but there’s also the danger of a tipped-over space heater, which can potentially cause a fire.
Stay in the Kitchen When Cooking
When you’re cooking, it’s best not to let yourself wander off or get too distracted. Often, cooking involves both flammable substances (like oils), and an open flame. You’re going to want to make sure you keep your attention fixed on these somewhat hazardous items while you’re making your meal.
Put the Fireplace Out Before Bed
When you’re using a fireplace in your home for warmth or just for some plain old good cheer, it’s important not to leave it burning when you turn in for the night. The same goes for space heaters of just about any kind. Turn off your heat sources, and do so thoroughly before you go to bed. Failing to do so risks a fire starting while you’re asleep.
With these tips in mind, it should be easy to avoid some of the most common causes of house fires. You can also browse sites like L.N. Curtis & sons to get the tools you need to prevent fires.
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