Your home is the center of your life – filled with loved ones and family belongings. In honor of Fire Prevention Week (10.6.2019-10.12.2019), we are sharing with you 5 tips to protect your home.
1. Test Smoke Alarms
Electronic devices are not infallible; Batteries die and other parts of the smoke detector can wear out over time. You can avoid faulty devices by testing them regularly. In fact, According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month.
2. Smoke Outdoors
Many things in your home can catch fire if they touch something hot, like a cigarette or ash. It is always safer to smoke outdoors.
3. Keep an Eye on Your Cooking
Unattended cooking equipment is one of the leading causes of house fires. When cooking, you should always keep combustible materials like rags, towels and packaging materials away from the cooking appliances.
4. Avoid Electrical Fires
Nearly half of all home fires are started by electrical defects. Make sure to periodically check your electrical cords. If they are cracked or damaged, replace them. Do not overload extension cords or wall outlets and never use extension cords with appliances – plug all appliances directly into wall outlets.
5. Plan for a Fire
In the event of an emergency, having an escape plan is important. Create a fire escape plan for your household and include two ways out of every room. You should practice this drill twice a year and review tips to prevent fires.