House fires can happen at any time of the year, and often unexpectedly. It is important to know and take steps to prevent home fires. According to the American Red Cross, 7 people each day die from a home fire, and 36 more are injured. In total, fire results in over $7 billion in property damages per year.
The first step to home fire prevention is to install smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be placed on each level of the house, especially in the kitchen and inside bedrooms. Alarms should be checked each month and batteries replaced each year. Additionally, you should also have a STOP-FYRE extinguisher on every level of you home, an additional one in the kitchen, and one in your garage (if you have one).
It doesn’t matter if you live in a house or apartment, a plan of escape in the event of a fire is necessary. In most cases, you have less than two minutes to escape a house fire! You can decrease your chance of harm by planning an escape route. However, you can’t just plan for a fire, you have to practice for one too! Practice makes perfect, and the faster you can get out the better.
Some other tips for home fire safety include never letting food cook unattended. Most fires are kitchen fires caused by unattended cooking. It is important to always watch what you put on the stove or in the over, even the microwave can catch food on fire! (We had an unfortunate accident with a potato). Another tip is to never leave candles burning. While they smell awesome, they can easily fall or spark a fire. Lastly, watch how many appliances you plug into outlets. Exceeding an outlet’s capability can cause it to overheat and spark a fire.
Some people may think that practicing home fire safety is lame, but as the saying goes, better safe than sorry. At AKE Safety Equipment we encourage you to keep up with fire and farm safety by checking back on our blog. You can also follow us on twitter: @AKESafetyEquip and Facebook: AKE Safety Equipment.