According to the American Red Cross, home fires are the most common disaster in the nation. Many fires are preventable by following a few simple steps.
Be sure you are prepared ahead of time with smoke detectors installed in all areas of your house. Regularly replace batteries and test the smoke units to make sure they are in proper working condition.
Establish AND Practice an evacuation plan with your family (especially your children) in the case of a fire or other emergency. Instruct children on how to properly escape your house or residence.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy near areas such as your kitchen, bedroom, and laundry room.
Cleaning materials can emit vapors that can be ignited by a heat source. Store these supplies in a well ventilated area away from heat sources such as pilot lights.
Televisions, stereos, and other home entertainment equipment give off heat. Be sure to allow adequate ventilation around them.
Check your wiring, lamps, and other appliances with power cords for faulty wiring. Never overload electrical outlets.
Never smoke while in bed. Improperly discarded cigarettes are the leading cause of fire deaths in the U.S.
Be sure to teach your children not to play with matches. Always keep matches in a metal container away from heat sources and out of the reach of children.
If your home has a fire place, make sure to have it properly screened and consider installing a spark inhibitor in the chimney.