Smoke Detectors are Essential for Fire Safety
Smoke detectors are helpful because they sound an alarm in case of a fire. Install smoke detectors in each bedroom of the home and in the hall just outside of the bedrooms. Other places to install the devices include the kitchen, laundry room, garage, and basement.
Fire extinguishers are important home safety essentials. Make sure you have at least one extinguisher on every level of your house and keep one in the kitchen. Learn how to operate the device and teach older children how to use it properly so they are prepared in case of fire.
Create an Escape Plan
Work with your family to develop a plan to escape from the home in case of fire. Identify two exits from each room. Teach children to crawl beneath the smoke for better visibility when leaving the house and choose a meet-up location somewhere a safe distance from your home.
Clean the Lint Trap
The clothes dryer is responsible for 9 out of 10 household appliance fires. The combination of heat and lint from clothing creates a fire hazard. Clean your lint trap every time you use the dryer. Vacuum the vent every two or three months to remove dust, lint, and other debris.
Monitor the Condition of Electrical Cords for Fire Safety
Make sure to never overload extension cords. Don’t run cords under rugs or across doorways where they can overheat or become damaged from foot traffic.
Anytime you use an appliance or other electronic device, check the cord to make sure it is in good condition. If the cord shows signs of melting, breakage, or damage, it’s time to make repairs or replace the device.
Fire Safety with Space Heaters
Space heaters cause thousands of house fires every year. While they are a convenient heat source that helps you stay cozy through the winter months, they should be used with care.
Make sure your space heater is at least three feet away from any flammable materials. These include furniture, draperies, bath or kitchen towels, blankets, pillows, and other bedding. Never leave a space heater unattended. Switch the device off when you leave the room or go to sleep for the night.