Fire Safety Precautions
Not every home will catch on fire; but if it does happen, the best way to keep your family and home safe from a fire is to take action before it happens!
For your loved ones, take the time to:
- Plan and practice fire drills with your family;
- Have an escape plan from each room;
- For second story bedrooms, consider purchasing an emergency escape ladder;
- Develop a ‘buddy’ plan if there are young children or elderly residents in your home; and,
- Have a designated meeting place outside of your home to make sure everyone has safely made it out of the house.
Here are some precautionary steps to help fireproof your home:
- Check Your Smoke Alarms Often: Your smoke alarms will alert you of a fire before you see or smell smoke. Check them at least every six months and be sure to change the batteries.
- Keep A Fire Extinguisher In Your Home: A fire extinguisher can be used to put out some small fires and stop them from spreading. Every home should have one. If your home has more than one story, it's a good idea to have a fire extinguisher on each level.
- Never Leave Candles Unattended: Candles can easily catch furniture, papers and even hanging pictures and décor on fire. Be sure to extinguish candles when you leave the room and especially if you leave your home.
- Remove Clutter: Clutter that is too close to a heat source can catch fire. Get rid of clutter that could catch fire or block an escape route.
- Check Your Electric Cords, Sockets and Exposed Wires: Check your electric cords and exposed wires often to make sure they are intact and not damaged. Make sure the wall sockets are not too full and that all the plugs are secure.
Acting on these safety precautions will give you and your family peace of mind.