Tip No. 1: Take care of the Electrical Cords and Wires
Among the most common cause of household fires are electrical fires. To prevent this, avoid overloading circuits or extension cords. You must also try to strategically place your cords and wires in places far from rugs and high traffic areas. Do not place wires and cords where they can be run over by your pets or kids, or where heavy materials can roll over or be placed over it. If you appliances, wires, or plus suddenly spark or emit an unusual spell, shut it off, unplug immediately, and have it repaired.
Tip No. 2: Use your Appliances Properly
Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s safety precautions when using your home appliances. Avoid using your home appliances 24/7 or for very long periods of time in order to avoid overheating. When you detect shorts and sparks or if you find unusual smells with your appliances, turn them off right away and have them repaired or replaced. Make it a habit to unplug your appliances when not in use.
Tip No. 3: Do Not Let Your Kids Play with Fire
If you have kids under five at your home, make sure you pay attention to them all the time. Kids are naturally curious about fire, wires, chords, and plugs so make it a point to let your kids know that these things are not toys. You should also tell them that they shouldn’t play with lighters and matches. For safety precautions, make sure wires and chords are not within your kid’s reach. You also need to use safety caps to cover unused outlets.
Tip No. 4: Alternate the use of Home Heaters
If you need heating at home, you have to alternate your use of home heaters. In addition, if you are using portable heaters, you need to make sure that they have enough space and that anything combustible is at least three feet away from them. You should also make sure that your chimney and fire screens are regularly cleaned. Also, refuel outdoors and only after the heater has cooled.
Tip No. 5: Get at Least One Smoke Alarm
Every home must have at least one functional smoke alarm. You can get it at any hardware store and contrary to other misconceptions, it is inexpensive. Once you have installed your smoke alarm, you need to properly maintain and clean it. Make sure that it is free of dust and that its batteries are always working. You might want to test it monthly too.
Tip No. 6: Get Fire Sprinklers
If you have the money, get home fire sprinklers. These are used with working smoke alarms, and as with smoke alarms, you need to make sure that your fire sprinklers are working well. Have a professional install your sprinklers and make sure that the batteries are always working. Acquiring and installing sprinkles can be a bit expensive but it will definitely increase your chances of surviving come an accident, and it will also definitely increase your property value.
Tip No. 7: Make Sure Every Family Member Knows your Fire Escape Plan
Everyone in the house should be familiar of your home fire escape plan. Make sure there is an escape plan for every room in the house. In addition, teach everyone about fire escape basics like covering themselves with a wet towel or blanket, staying low to the floor when escaping from fire and never opening doors that are hot. Everyone should also know where everyone will meet after escaping the house.