Statistics show that there is one home damaged every minute by fire and more than 10,000 individuals that get injured each year in home fires and every three hours someone dies in a home fire. This all could be reduced by knowing proper fire prevention. By having working smoke detectors in all rooms of the home is one step toward saving many lives and stopping any serious damage. Most fires in homes generally begin in the kitchen or during the night when people are sleeping. To avoid this families need careful planning by making sure they use protective devices in their homes.
Probably the most effective way to prevent house fires is to make sure locate and get rid of any fire hazards. This should be the first rule of thumb when it comes to fire prevention. One way to eliminate fire risk is to never smoke in bed where there is that chance of falling asleep. Also, parents should discuss with their kids how dangerous it is to play with lighters or matches and making sure these items are well out of their reach.
Another important fire prevention tips is preventing electrical fires. You can do this by not overloading your circuits or your extension cords. By plugging in too many electrical cords into one place could cause a fire hazard. Avoid putting cords and wires under any rugs as well. Make sure that you turn off or at least unplug any appliance that starts to spark or has a strange odor coming from it. Either get the appliance fixed or buy a new one, do not continue to use it. Also, if you are not using the appliance make sure to unplug it when not in use.
You also need to take precautions when it comes to keeping your home warm. If you use kerosene heaters make sure to read all the directions carefully, they are there for a reason. Make sure that you keep your portable heaters a minimum of three feet from anything it could catch on fire. When you go to bed or you leave your home it is important that you make sure all of your portable heaters are turned off. If you have a fireplace, it is wise to use a fire screen for fire prevention purposes, this will help to keep sparks from jumping onto the floor. You also should make sure that the chimney is cleaned at least one time a year because of the oily buildup that can easily cause fires that will rapidly spread through the home.
Make sure your kitchen is safe. Make sure that you never leave any food that is broiling, grilling or frying unattended. If you do need to leave the kitchen then make sure you turn the stove or oven off. When you bake or cook always make sure to use a timer in order to remind you not to forget about the food that is cooking. Try to avoid putting any pot holders, paper towels, towels close to the stove. Always keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen.
Every month you should make sure that all of your smoke detectors are in proper working order. Make sure to replace the batteries each year. It is also important that you have a plan in case of a fire. Develop the plan and practice the escape route with your family so that everyone knows what to do and where to meet if a fire does occur.