There is no doubt about it, a house fire is one of the most devastating and traumatic losses a homeowner can endure, both emotionally and financially. Protecting your home, property and family members is as easy as injecting a few simple procedures into your family’s safety plan. Following these steps and being properly prepared for a fire can significantly reduce damages and overall loss of property and make it easy to recover in case of a fire emergency.
Your home is your sanctuary—a place where you can rest, relax and create long lasting memories with your friends and family. Therefore, be certain to review these tips to keep you, your home and those closest to you safe and protected.
1. ALWAYS have working smoke detectors in your home. Check them regularly (once every 3 months) and replace the batteries as needed. Smoke alarm units should be replaced every 10 years regardless of if it is functional or not as sensors go bad after several years of being unused.
2. Where’s the EXTINGUISHER?!? Invest in properly rated fire extinguishers and be sure to place it in an area where all your family members can access it. Be sure to have every family member adequately trained on how to operate the extinguisher in case of an emergency.
3. Create and practice a home evacuation plan. Have more than one escape route from the rooms in your home if possible and choose ONE meeting place for your family members to meet to ensure no one is trapped inside the house.
4. Fire drills aren’t just for school! Practice your evacuation plan with your family, you know what they say, “practice makes perfect”!
5. Anytime you have a purposeful fire outside in the elements (grilling, bon fire, roasting marshmallows), be cautious!! Keep the area clear of tree limbs, leaves and hanging plants/bushes.
A house fire doesn’t have to happen to you. Prevent it by following these simple steps and ensure a safe and healthy environment for your family. For more fire information and useful tips, follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @CountyFirePro