Did you know there are many naturally occurring fire-related hazards that if starts in your home you may left with only two minutes to escape? Examples of fire-related hazards include thunderstorm or tornado, non-natural occurring like grease fires and electrical fires. Early warning from a smoke plus fire escape plan could save lives but what else to do to keep your family safe is discussed as follows.
Additional Fire Safety Tips
- After preparing a fire escape plan, don’t forget to discuss with your family members. Talk with your loved ones about the plan and practice it twice a year.
- For the best protection of your loved ones, install smoke alarms in each bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home.
- Test smoke/fire alarms every month. Sometimes battery goes down if not used for a long time. So change the batteries if they’re not working fine. Install alarms that have a 10-year battery.
- Keep flammable and combustible liquids away from heat sources
- Don’t forget to turn off the power if water damages your home either due to flood or other reason.
- All wires should be placed in a safe place. Any underground wires may be electrically charged, so maintain a safe distance.
- Use a gas-powered generator outside your home but keep it in a safe place.
- Leave the house immediately if there is a gas leakage.
- Never use the kitchen stove to heat your home.
- Don’t play with lighters and matches.
- Avoid over plugging.
- Make sure to turn off your heaters off when you leave the room. Also never leave candles blown when you’re away or go to sleep.
- Don’t let your children come near to gas generators, stove burners, heaters or candles.
- Have a fire extinguisher in different areas of your home, especially in the kitchen and make sure you and your teenage kids know how it works.
- In the case of fire: GO OUTSIDE! DON’T HIDE inside your home. Fires are scary, but you should NEVER hide under beds or in closets.
- Once you’re out of your home, stay out.
- If you’re living in an apartments or condo, know all of your building’s fire escape exits. Don’t use the elevator, always use the stairs to get out.
- Hire a certified professional to check electrical and gas systems.
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