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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