No one likes to think that their house could catch on fire, but it is a reality that homeowners must be prepared for. Fortunately there are many things you can do to prevent a fire from starting in the first place as well as things you can do if just such an emergency did occur.
Daily Safety Checklist
It may seem like common sense, but many homeowners get comfortable and forget to look for issues within their own home when it comes to fire safety. Check outlets, plugs, and wires regularly for damage. Make sure curling irons, toaster ovens, and space heaters are functioning properly and are unplugged when not in use. Never leave any of these items that heat up unattended or fall asleep while they are still turned on.
Protect Your Home and Family
Have a working smoke alarm in every bedroom, the kitchen, laundry room, and hallway at the very least. Change the batteries regularly, and test them frequently to make sure they are functioning properly. Some things may be out of your control, but you can still keep an eye on them such as your street’s fire hydrants. Make sure your city has companies like Hurco Technologies doing routine hydrant flushing.
Create an Escape Plan
Come up with an escape plan, and make sure every member of the family understands it thoroughly. This includes even the youngest children in your home. Everyone needs to check door knobs for heat, stay low to the ground when heading to the nearest door, and how to escape through windows if necessary. Stress the importance of getting out quickly. Material possessions can be replaced. Have a designated meeting place to go to once outdoors.
Having working smoke alarms throughout the house as well as an escape plan that the entire family understands will help save lives if such a tragedy did strike. This along with a specific check list of safety tips will keep you, your family, and your home safe.