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Fire Prevention 10 Tips to Keep Your Home Safe

A fire can start in the blink of an eye, but the damage it leaves behind can last a lifetime. That’s why it’s so important to be proactive about fire prevention. Taking some simple steps to reduce the risk of a fire starting in your home is well worth the effort. Here are 10 tips to help you get started.

 

1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Test them monthly to make sure they’re working properly.


2. Keep flammable and combustible materials like gasoline, propane, kerosene, and cleaning fluids in appropriate containers and away from heat sources.


3. Store matches and lighters out of reach of children and never leave burning candles unattended.


4. Use extension cords only when absolutely necessary and never overload them. Unplug electrical appliances when not in use.


5. Don’t overload circuits or plug too many appliances into one outlet. Use surge protectors to avoid damaging delicate electronic equipment.


6. Inspect electrical cords regularly for fraying or cracks and replace them immediately if damaged.


7. If you must use a space heater, place it on a level surface away from flammable materials like curtains, bedding, and furniture. Never leave it unattended while on.


8. Keep woodstoves, fireplaces, and portable heaters clear of debris and flammable materials like newspapers, magazines, rugs, and curtains. Inspect and clean them regularly according to manufacturer’s instructions.


9. Never leave food cooking unattended on the stovetop or in the oven; stay in the kitchen while cooking meals. If you must leave, turn off the appliance first.


10. Have a plan! In the event of a fire, knowing what to do ahead of time can mean the difference between life and death Evacuate immediately if a fire starts if you cannot safely evacuate go to a room close all doors between you and the fire, stuff towels or other cloth items under doors, stay low where the air is clearer and call 911. If you are able to evacuate outside never go back inside for anything or anyone. Have a designated meeting spot outside so you can be sure everyone made it out safely. Practice your plan regularly with everyone in your household so that everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.

 

Taking some simple steps to prevent fires from starting in your home is vital to keeping your family safe. Implementing as many of these tips as possible will help reduce the risk of a devastating fire starting in your home. Be proactive about fire safety today!

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