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Tips for Preventing and Preparing for Home Fires

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

smoke alarm in ceiling fire preparation is important during the holiday season

While the mentality about fire preparation is nothing new, many families still tend to neglect necessary safety measures, like having an escape plan. Therefore, if you do not want to fall victim to a fire disaster, then you should acknowledge and use these five fire preparation tips.

Install smoke alarms and fire extinguishers
Inspect Wiring
Limit use of open flames
Keep heat sources clear
Have a plan

Install Smoke Alarms and Fire Extinguishers.


While it might seem like a minimal effort for a big reward, fire safety can be as simple as installing smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. Sure, these devices are not intended to prevent fires, but they do help to keep your family safe. Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of a home, and they should also be installed in rooms where fires are more likely to occur, such as kitchens, laundry rooms and near or in mechanical closets. Additionally, fire extinguishers should also be placed throughout the home in the same areas as fire alarms.


Inspect Wiring


Proper fire preparation includes inspecting your home, especially wiring. Faulty wiring is a leading cause of domestic fires. Also, electrical safety is critical to preventing many common electrical fires. For example, you should never place extension cords under carpeting or splice them into outlets.


Limit Open Flames


Candles and other open flames can lead to a home fire. Therefore, limit candle usage. For example, instead of using candles when the power goes out, use flashlights.


Keep Heat Sources Clear


Never place flammable materials near heat sources. Don't cozy up by a fireplace wrapped in a blanket. People can get too comfortable around open flames, and that can lead to recklessness and risks.


Have a Plan


Fire escape plans are crucial to safety. Consult with a fire mitigation and remediation expert in Carpentersville, IL to design a plan suited to your family and home.


Fire preparation does not have to be challenging. However, it does have to be thorough and consistent. Complacency is a risk.

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