Fire safety in the home is a very important matter, as approximately 3,400 people in the United States die annually in fires. Planning and preparing are the key components to preventing a fire in your home. There are many fire safety tips and precautions which can be taken to ensure your home is safe from catching fire. Every room in the home has specific items that should be looked into for fire safety.
In the hallway, on every floor you will want to install smoke detectors. If you feel your home is in need of more detectors they can be purchased at any local hardware store. They are cheap and can increase your chances of survival in case of a fire. Make sure to test the smoke detector on a monthly basis and change out the batteries once or twice a year. The life of an average smoke detector is about ten years, but that can vary based on the manufacturer.
Bedrooms and bathrooms are also areas where a fire can start. Turn off and disconnect when you are finished using your appliances such as an electrical blanket, flat iron, or a hair dryer. After they have cooled down, store them in a safe and cool location. Never place a towel or clothes over floor heating vents. Last but not least, do not smoke in bed. It is extremely dangerous and numerous house fires are caused from this action alone.
In the kitchen and living room there are a lot of preventative measures that can be taken. Of the many fire safety tips, having a working fire extinguisher in a convenient and safe place in the kitchen is of top importance. Another item that can put out fires is baking soda. Baking soda is a great way to smother stovetop grease fires. Practicing fire safe habits will also keep you safe from a house fire. For example, turning the handles of pots to the outside of the stove and shutting the screen in front of your fireplace or wood stove are just two small things that can make a big difference for the safety of your home and your family.
This is just the beginning of fire safety tips in the home. To keep your family and belongings safe from fire, start with the items listed and research further for more information.
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