Preventing a fire is not an impossible task. It’s simple quite frankly. However, having a fire prevention guide isn’t something many households think about creating. Everyone loves to assume that they’re very responsible people and that nothing can happen to them. While there’s no doubt you’re a responsible individual, fires can happen from the least expected culprits. Many people make grocery lists to remember to buy certain things. Why not make a fire prevention list as well?
Below is a complete guide to take preventive measures when it comes to fire safety for the sake of you and your loved ones.
The National Fire Prevention Association reported 475,500 brick and mortar fires causing 2,950 civilian deaths, 12,755 injuries, and $7.9 billion in property damages. Those are outrageous numbers, right? Who knows when this can strike close to home?
We have a quick quiz for you. What part of your home do you believe is most likely to cause the most fires? That’s right, the kitchen! 50% of fires inside of a resident’s home originate from the kitchen, with many of these fires being caused by forgetting that food is actually cooking on the stove. With that being said, it only makes sense if your fire prevention guide begins with the kitchen!
- Ensure that there’s no food left unattended while cooking (try utilizing a timer)
- Going off of the last point, the worst thing you can do is leave your home, even if for a moment, while food is cooking
- Ensure small appliances aren’t plugged in while not being used
- Avoid built up grease on the stove-top and inside the oven
- Avoid using a power strip or extension cord for larger appliances. Ensure they’re plugged directly into the wall
- Ensure space heaters are in good condition and keep anything that can catch fire at least 5 feet away & also keep them unplugged if not in use
- Hire a professional or someone knowledgeable with chimney cleaning and ensure it’s cleaned thoroughly every year
- Going off the last point, your furnace or boiler should be inspected and cleaned annually as well
- Try to keep extension cords and power strips are not so overloaded & also keep them from under rugs or anything else made out of cloth
- Flammable items and liquids should be kept outdoors and away from sources of heat
- If possible, limit smoking to the outdoors (although we would prefer to have you avoid smoking in general for health reasons)
- Ensure your dryer and dryer exhaust is free of lint (this is highly overlooked)
- Make sure candles are not still lit when you decide to leave the house or sleep
- Barbecue grills should not be left indoors, especially if it’s a propane grill. When outdoors, they should not be underneath tree branches or a hanging part of your roof since that can catch fire as well
Additional Information on Fire Prevention
- NEVER try to extinguish a grease or oil fire with water, it will only make matters worse!
- Each floor in your home should have a fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers should be replaced at least every 5 years or when it shows signs of rust.
- Make sure you have at least 1 safety route from each room in your home if a fire were to break out
- All smoke detectors (and carbon monoxide detectors) should be functional (updated batteries) and placed in the kitchen and each sleeping room
- Create an evacuation plan and make sure to share it with any kids in the house hold until they have a full understanding of it
Our reason for putting together this guide is because we know how overlooked this topic is. Fire safety is a must if you want to protect yourself and your loved ones. Preparation and knowledge on this topic is the best way to make sure you don’t find yourself in this situation. If you enjoyed this blog, check out some of our other blogs here and learn more about various topics.