Home Fire Safety Tips
1. Never leave open flames unattended
There should always be an adult present when candles or any open flame is in use. Do not leave fire dangers unattended. If you have young children in the home be sure to teach them about the dangers of playing with fire including matches & lighters.
2. Fire Resistant Materials
When buying, building or renovating your home, make sure you use fire resistant materials. Technology has advanced so much. Pay special attention to roofing and siding materials which wrap your entire home. There are many affordable options, so do your homework to choose materials that will really protect your home. Read reviews & endorsements.
3. If you have a smoker living at the residence
Don’t throw cigarette & cigar butts directly into the trash EVER. These can ignite a fire. Instead, make sure these are completely put out with water before tossing them in the trash.
4. General items to be aware of…
Never leave the stove or other fire dangers unattended, you may forget somethings cooking & for too long. Same with hot irons and outdoor grills unattended, do not leave unattended while in use. Double-check that you’ve turned them off after use. Having added protection like carbon monoxide detectors or smoke and heat sensors. Doing a check list in your home with all who reside there is a great idea.
5. Don’t leave dry or dead vegetation laying around
Be sure to regularly clean up & properly disposed of yard waste and other dry or dead vegetation that may present a fire risk. It only takes one spark, match, cigarette flicked from a drive by, neighbor, etc. This is especially important during hot or dry months to help you protect you home and surrounding areas from fire.
6. Keep fire hazards stored in safe area.
Store firewood and other combustibles away from your home. In addition, keep the lid on your trashcan secured at all times to avoid accidents. Things like paper waste & other types of trash can easily catch fire.
7. Install multiple smoke alarms on every level of your home.
For the best fire detection & notification protection, install both ionization & photoelectric-type smoke alarms. Put them inside or near every bedroom. Test them monthly or quarterly at the very least, to make sure they work and replace the batteries once a year. Safeguarding your home with heat & smoke sensors can give your home an added layer of protection.
8. Don’t install deadbolts that lock with an inside key…
You need to get out fast if a fire starts. A missing key could trap you inside. If you are in a high-stress situation such as a fire & you have small children, there are devices that you can use to keep them from opening doors that won’t put your family at risk. Never nail windows shut. Make sure they open easily to escape a fire from any room in the home.
9. Fire Escape Plans
Find two exits out of every room. Pick a meeting place outside as this ensures you can account for everyone being safe. Have family fire drills at least twice a year. Make sure your entire family is aware of your fire escape plan & understands clearly how to properly operate your home security system if you have one & how to get out quickly and safely.
10. The bigger the better!
Last but not least, make sure your street address numbers are large & visibly posted so that firefighters can identify your home in the event of an emergency from the street easily. Also, in a contrasting color from the color of your house, white/light, if you have dark exterior & black/dark, if you have light exterior (opposite of its background). Display your address on your mailbox & home to help first responders find you quickly.