Ask just about anyone and they’ll tell you that their number-1 priority in life is keeping their loved ones safe. One of the best ways to do that is by making Fire Safety a priority in your home.
Every family should have a fire safety plan in case a fire does occur. That way, everyone will be prepared in the event that the worst occurs. This week, we’re going to discuss a few things that should be high up your priority list when talking to your family and what some of the essential ingredients are to an effective fire safety plan. Let’s jump right in.
Plan escape routes
Make sure you have a fire escape pan for your home. Identify two exits in every room. Have a walk through with your family and even draw a map of your home showing where everyone needs to go. Also be sure to pick a meeting place in front of the home to make sure everyone knows where they’re supposed to go once they’re out.
Test your smoke detectors
You should test your smoke detectors every 1-2 months to ensure that they’re working. If necessary – make sure the batteries are changed out. This is incredibly important as the vast majority of fire-related deaths are caused when smoke detectors do not go off or aren’t working.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Be proactive in how you approach things that have the potential to create fire hazards. Be smart about cooking and making sure you never leave anything over heat unattended. Be safe with electrical equipment by not overfilling outlets. Don’t plug major appliances like fridges and dishwashers into the wall. Don’t smoke inside.
These are the sorts of things that just by being a little bit more proactive, will greatly reduce the risk of a house fire.
Keep equipment updated
Be sure to have an inspector come through once every year or every other year to inspect your home, check your detectors and most importantly – inspect your fire extinguishers. 80% of fire deaths occur in the home and most of those happen when there’s a malfunctioning piece of equipment. Be sure your fire safety plans are up to date and good to go.
Every family should have a fire safety plan, but the key to every fire safety plan is to engage in behavior that prevents you from ever having to use it. Practice good habits but also be prepared for the worst. If you’d like help putting together a fire safety plan for your home, give us a call today. Good luck!