Do you know about preventing fires in your home? Check out these fire prevention and safety tips for you and your family.
While you may have heard of “Stop, drop, and roll,” you likely haven’t used it as often as your 8-year-old self would have imagined. If you’ve never experienced a house fire, consider yourself lucky; house fires are the most common disaster in the country, resulting in more than 2,500 deaths and 12,600 injuries each year. The good news is that most house fires are easily preventable! Here are some painlessly simple fixes you can do to significantly reduce your risk of having a house fire.
The Obvious Fire Hazards
- Smoking is the leading cause of home fire deaths, so it’s a good idea to avoid smoking indoors and always use an ashtray.
- If you have a fireplace, always leave the glass doors open and always use a metal mesh to keep the embers from leaving the fireplace.
- Over 60 percent of all fires begin in the stove, so never leave it unattended and always pay attention to what you’re cooking.
- Clean all kitchen surfaces regularly to avoid dangerous grease buildup.
- Always keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and be sure to read the instructions on how to use it.
- Avoid placing wires under rugs or over nails–anywhere where someone could trip.
- If an electrical device is releasing a strange or foul odor, unplug it and throw it out immediately or have it repaired by a professional.
- Give your space heater . . . space! Make sure that it can’t tip over and place all flammable objects away from the heater.
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