home fire safety tips

What do you need to do to make your home fire-safe?

A fire safety plan, for starters, that will help you rest easier knowing you're prepared to deal with the worst should it come to pass.

And then there's the common sense stuff you can do daily: 

  • Shut off appliances after you've used them, 
  • Keep flammable items away from furnaces and space heaters, and 
  • Make smoke detectors and fire extinguishers a part of your decor.

the best fire extinguisher is easy to handle and designed for household fires.

The best extinguisher is an easy-to-handle 2- or 5-pound (1 or 2.5kg) model designed to put out most household fires. Place one in your kitchen and one in any other room where a fire might start.

home fire safety tips for around your home.

A simple safety precaution your family can take is to sleep with bedroom doors closed. Closed doors can keep smoke from spreading into these rooms, allowing you more time to escape.

These additional tips can help keep your home fire safe:

  • Install a fireplace screen, and have your fireplace chimney and flue cleaned at least once a year.

  • Maintain the kitchen stove in good working condition, and keep baking soda on hand to extinguish stove-top fires.
  • In the garage, disconnect electrical tools and appliances when you're finished using them.
  • Secure important papers in water- and fireproof strongboxes. Better yet: Put them in a safe-deposit box off-site.
  • Consider purchasing escape ladders for top-story bedrooms. 

practice emergency fire escape drills with your family.

Finally, make it a habit to practice fire drills with your family. Practice emergency escape drills at least once a year so that every member of your family knows by heart what to do when the fire alarm goes off.

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