Home fires can happen when you least expect it. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), residential fires across the country have increased 8 percent since 2000. To better protect your home and family, take time to educate yourself and others on how a fire could start. Incorporate these five tips into your routine.
1.) Test Your Smoke Alarms Regularly
You may already have a few smoke alarms in your house, but do they work? Ensure your smoke alarms are working properly by testing the alarms frequently and changing the batteries when they run low. Tip: NFPA recommends you change the batteries out every 6 months. If you don’t have any smoke alarms currently in your home, be sure to add one outside of each bedroom door.
2.) Inspect All Your Heating Sources
If you are using an electric outlet for a product, make sure it is turned off or unplugged when not being used. This includes curling and straightening irons, and space heaters. It is dangerous to run cables under rugs, so be sure to keep all cords away from rugs and furniture as well. If you use extension cords, avoid overusing them, or crowding them into one socket. This can cause electrical fires from overuse or overloaded electrical connections.
3.) Keep Your Stove and Oven Clean
Products such as food containers, food wrappers, boxes, or even towels can all catch fire easily if they are left near the stove or oven. When you’re cooking, or even when the stovetop is hot, be sure to keep the area clear of any flammable materials or items that are likely to melt.
4.) Always Check Your Dryer
Your washing machine and dryer are considered high-powered appliances and can overheat, especially if the vents aren’t cleared out regularly. Make it a habit to clear out the dryer vent after every use.
5.) Make a Fire Escape Plan
This is an essential plan to make for your home. Run fire escape drills once a year to keep the designated meeting point and escape plan fresh in everyone’s mind. While the hope is that you never have to execute the plan, it is always better to be prepared for any situation.
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