Because of a house fire, you may know people who have experienced loss, seen heartbreaking news stories about it, or even experienced it firsthand. Often resulting in significant property damage and injuries, random lightning strike or a mishap with a candle can be devastating. Within seconds, a dangerous blaze can be escalated from an issue with electrical wiring, cooking fires, or a stray spark from the fireplace. Though it is not always possible to prevent fires, some can be through taking extra precautions. Today, we at JMark Inspections would like to elaborate on preparing you and your family, as well as your home to prevent harm from fires and minimize the damage.
Family Emergency Preparedness Plan
Creating an evacuation plan with your family is one of the most important home fire safety tips to follow. If they had an exit strategy in mind ahead of time, many people have suffered injuries that could have been avoided. The safest way to exit the home from each room needs to be known by all family members. Consider investing in rope ladders to safely exit from higher levels of the home if necessary. Instead of gathering toys or waiting for other family members, make sure the kids understand and instructed to exit immediately.
Smoke Detector Installation
Take advantage of the smoke detectors. To alert you to a fire is the purpose of smoke detectors. For you and your loved ones to get out of the house safely, this warning is critical. Both inside and outside of bedrooms and near the kitchen and laundry room are the important places you need to have smoke detectors installed. Inspect the batteries frequently. A good way to remember is to check them every time you replace your HVAC system’s air filters.
Know How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
Learn and educate everyone in the home to use a fire extinguisher. In most homes, a fire extinguisher is kept under the kitchen, but no matter where you have ours, make sure capable household occupants know where it is. Unfortunately, too many people do not know how to use this device and may have never tested it. When a fire starts you will not have time to read the label on a fire extinguisher. To ensure you are prepared in an emergency, learn how to use the fire extinguisher now.
Choose Fire Resistant Building Materials
Invest in the right materials. How quickly your home can go up in flames is impacted by the materials that your home is built with and the items inside your home. Fiberglass installation, for instance, is more flammable than foam installation. Be sure to check for those labels on your bedding and replace if needed since many bedding products today are fire-retardant. Always choose the fire-resistant option when making any improvements to your home or adding new products to the interior.
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