Fire Safety for the Home
The U.S. Fire Administration reported more than 1,389,500 house fires occurred in the U.S. in 2011. These fires caused 3,005 deaths and over 17,500 injuries. Many house fires are caused by lightning strikes, faulty wiring, or furnace malfunctions. Here are 8 great tips for keeping yourself and your family safe if you encounter a house fire.
- Have an escape plan and practice it with your family. The main reason to have an escape plan is so everyone is on the same page. Panic takes over the body faster then we think, so it is very important that your entire family is on the same page with the plan.
- Plan your escape around your abilities. Make sure you keep at least one pair of shoes under your bed at all times. This allows you more time to make an escape. Another great idea is to make sure you keep your cell phone charged and on your bedside table so you can make a quick call to the fire department.
- Smoke alarms are important. Make sure that all of your smoke alarms have the proper batteries and are functioning properly. Most families feel it is just as important to have carbon monoxide detectors as well.
- Space heaters. If you are using space heaters this winter, make sure there is a 3 foot radius around the heater. You also want to make sure that you turn the heater off and unplug it before you leave your home or go to bed.
- Smoking outside instead of inside. Smoking outside insures you that you aren’t going to leave a cigarette laying around and start a fire.
- Kitchen smart. If you are overly tired or have been on strong medication, order take-out. This will insure that you don’t leave anything cooking on the stove or in the oven. Another great tip to know about a kitchen fire, if you have a grease fire, water only makes it spread. Sprinkle it with salt or baking soda to smother the fire. Keeping a small fire extinguisher is a great idea just in case something falls in the oven and catches on fire.
- Stop, Drop, and Roll. If for some reason you do catch yourself on fire, don’t panic. Just simply remember what you were taught in elementary school, stop, drop, and roll on the ground.
- Memorize the local emergency number. Most all states use the same emergency number, 911. If for some reason your city or state uses a different number, make sure everyone in your home has the number memorized.
No one wants to experience a house fire, but if you do fall prey, you will be prepared to handle the situation. Make sure you share this article with a friend so they can prepare their families as well.