The thought of a fire in your home may stir feelings of panic and stress. Take your safety seriously now to be prepared later.
Learning about fire safety, common fire starters and, most importantly, how to create an escape plan for your family, will alleviate some of your anxiety and help you feel prepared in case of an emergency.
Equipping your home with smoke alarms is the first step in protecting your family and home in case of a fire. The key to protecting your home is to properly install and maintain alarms.
Test smoke alarms once a month. Consider adding a reminder to your family calendar at the same time each month so it becomes a regular chore around the house.
Push the test button and listen for an alarm to sound. If you don't hear anything, the alarm needs to be fixed or replaced.
Home fires can start because of electrical hazards, clothes dryers, fireplaces, or space heaters. Take precautions around fire-prone belongings and follow manufacturer’s instructions for care and cleaning.
Common Fire Starters
You may like to burn candles to relieve stress, create a fragrant atmosphere, or add to your home’s décor. But, in the time it takes you to pop a bag of popcorn or take the trash out, a candle can destroy an entire room. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates more than 15,000 candle fires are reported annually, resulting in 150 deaths and $539 million in property damages.
Follow the tips below to decrease the possibility of candle fires in your home.
Most manufacturers recommend not burning candles for more than three-four hours at one time. Letting a candle burn longer increases the risk of it overheating and possibly starting a fire.
Fireplaces and Wood-burning Stoves
Curling up in front of a fireplace or wood-burning stove is a great way to spend an evening. Follow these safety precautions to make your evening a safe one.
Prevent chimney fires
Choose woods wisely
Alternate heating sources are a popular option to keep warmth affordable during the winter season. If you plan to use space heaters to help heat your home this winter, use extreme caution. According to the NFPA, supplemental heating equipment, such as electrical and kerosene heaters, account for more than a quarter of all home heating fires and 73% of home-heating fire deaths. Not surprisingly, peak months for home heating fires are December, January and February.
Finding the right space heater
Preventing a fire
Fire can spread rapidly through a home which means you only have a short time to get out. Be prepared. Devise an escape plan and practice it with all family members.
Practice your escape drill as a family (pets included!) at least twice a year. Remind children frequently about safe fire escape routes.
Steps to Prevent Apartment Fires
There are several steps that you can take to help prevent a fire from starting your apartment. They are as follows:
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