If a fire starts in your home, do you have the correct precautions in place to keep you and your loved ones safe? In 2018 alone, there were 363,000 house fires in the United States, causing $8 billion in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association®. Accidents happen, but the best way to protect your home and belongings is by taking preventative measures against possible fire hazards. Check out these tips to help keep your family and your home safe!
Fire Safety Tips
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Use smoke detectors and test them regularly
Have a fire escape plan in place for helping children and the elderly out of the home
Have a meeting area outside of the home
Place fire extinguishers in easily accessible locations throughout your home
Check external dryer vent monthly for debris
Make sure items like toasters and irons are completely cooled down before putting them away
Have smoke-alarm activated nightlights throughout the home
Keep an emergency fire blanket in each bedroom
Do not leave flammable items near a fireplace or heater
Have your chimney inspected every year before use to check for cracks
Keep a window ladder in the closet of rooms that are high off the ground
Keep sentimental or heirloom items and important documents in a fireproof safe
Taking preventative precautions such as these can help keep your family safe in the event of a house fire. Along with preventative measures, being prepared and having an action plan can save lives. Make sure your family knows what to do if there is a fire in your home.