How to Prevent a Home Fire
Home fires are a scary thought and pose a threat to all homeowners. Luckily, there are preventative measures you can take to protect your home against a home fire. Keep your family and home safe with these fire protection and prevention tips.
Fire Hazard Awareness
One of the most important preventative measures you can take to safeguard your home against fire is knowing the hazards in your home. According to the American Red Cross, most home fires start in the kitchen from stovetop cooking. Make sure to keep the stovetop clear of anything flammable like paper towels. During the winter months, electrical fires increase from heating equipment like space heaters. Make sure to always keep anything that gives off heat at least 3 feet away from flammable items and never plug more than one heating device into an outlet.
Smoke Detector Safety
It is important to install smoke detectors in the correct places in the event a fire does start. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas. Test smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries yearly. Smoke detectors should also be replaced every 10 years. Smoke detectors that are connected to your smart security system can provide extra protection. When smoke is detected the Smart Thermostat will shut off the HVAC system, stopping smoke from circulating throughout the house. When installing a smoke detector, it is important to know the function of the device. Most battery smoke detectors just alert you when smoke is detected with an alarm sound. While lifesaving fire devices provide more protection with smoke and heat detection and the ability to dispatch authorities of a fire in your home.
Using a Fire Extinguisher
Fire extinguishers help put out small fires before they spread. To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word “PASS”:
Pull the pin. Hold the fire extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and remove the pin to unlock it.
Aim low. Point the nozzle at the base of the fire.
Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
With fire alarm monitoring from ABC Fire and Burglar Alarm, you can be assured that you are receiving the best protection for your home. In addition to fire protection, you can also save up to 20% on your homeowners’ insurance with a monitored fire alarm system. If you are interested in installing a monitored fire alarm system contact us to schedule a free consultation.