Did you know that majority of house fires start in the kitchen? That is probably why you know to keep a properly working smoke detector in the area, and a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen. However, just because most fires will start in the kitchen, that does not mean you shouldn’t keep fire safety in mind throughout your home. Here are some whole home fire safety tips to keep in mind.
With spring in the air and our spring cleaning to do lists on our minds, we thought now would be a perfect time to talk about fire safety and prevention. There are many fire hazards in our homes that we may not be aware of. And with all of the quality time you are going to be spending on your home cleaning and completing chores, now is a perfect time to monitor the hazards and prevent them.
Whole Home Fire Safety Tips
Here are some things you will want to consider:
1. During the winter time, many homeowners use space heaters to take the chill out of the air without having to use the home heating system throughout the entire house. You will want to remember that it is important to keep them at least three feet from other objects. And when it comes to fabrics like your bedding or curtains, keep them as far away as possible, as those can catch fire the fastest.
2. In the event of a fire, you definitely want the first responders to know where to go if you or your family needs assistance escaping the flames. Many homeowners put decals on their windows that can signify that. Additionally, you will want your loved ones to have a safe escape plan. Roll-out ladders are great for this. You can stow them away next to the window.
3. Have you checked the batteries in your smoke detectors lately? You will want to keep these everywhere in your home. As a general rule of thumb, you should have a smoke detector on every level of your home. Keeping them close to the bedrooms is a good idea, too.
4. Unfortunately, it is all too common for wires and electrical outlets to short. This can result in fast-escalating fires. You can prevent this though! All you need to do is use power strips with electrical circuit breakers built-in. These can monitor the power running through an outlet and prevent an overload.
Remember, prevention is the best way you can avoid a fire-related disaster. Talk to your local FD about more tips for your neighborhood!