Nothing comes above protecting your family. The harsh reality is, there are certain dangers that could bring more pain than you can imagine. In particular, house fires are a disaster that could destroy everything your love. Even one incident can bring so much turmoil to your life that it can be almost impossible to recover.
As painful as the topic is, it’s much better to understand fire safety than to have to experience a disaster. The good news is, there are fire prevention strategies you can start applying right away. Here are a few things you can do.
Check Smoke Alarms
If there is a fire, your smoke alarms could be the bridge between life and death. In many cases, that could be the only warning that something is wrong. For this reason, it’s crucial that you ensure your smoke alarms are working.
You can do this by testing them on a regular basis. You should also ensure you change the batteries often. Even if you use AC powered alarms, check that the backup battery is working. You should try the test button on your alarms at least once a month. It’s also a good idea to use a vacuum cleaner to clear out dust from the alarms.
Don’t Smoke Inside
If you or someone else in your home smokes, you could accidentally start a fire. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) states that smoking is a common cause of house fires. At the same time, you can reduce this risk relatively easily.
For one thing, always use appropriate ashtrays. Things like plastic cups or even cigarette boxes can catch fire without you realizing. It’s also best to wet cigarette butts before throwing them into a trash can. Ideally, you should only smoke outside your house. This will not only prevent danger but also make your home more pleasant to live in!
Know Where the Fire Extinguisher Is
You never know when you’ll have to put out a fire. You should be ready in case that’s something you have to do. Putting out a small flame is a crucial step in preventing a larger fire. Often, the fire can break out at a rapid rate if it catches a highly flammable material.
You need things like fire extinguishers and fire blankets. Do your best to have an extinguisher in your kitchen. If you use a fireplace (or a stove), you should have an extinguisher nearby as well. Also, take care to ensure that all members of your family can use this equipment.
Of course, there are many other things you can do to prevent house fires. As a rule of thumb, anything that generates heat could be a risk. Follow safety instructions for any piece of equipment that could be dangerous. If possible, arrange for a professional inspection so you can feel confident that your family is safe.
Keep in mind that no matter what you do, sometimes you can’t avoid facing a devastating situation. But, you can always prepare. For instance, have a fire escape plan and take your family through it. It may not be fun but it’s crucial that everyone knows how to get out in case of an emergency. And, start applying these tips today!