There are thousands of reported house fires across the state of North Carolina each year. The damage to a property and it’s possessions from a fire can be devastating, leaving behind both fire damage and smoke damage. It is important for all home owners to know house fire safety precautions to keep their families and property safe. Here are some of our best tips for house fire safety and prevention.
Know the leading causes of house fires: cooking, heating, electrical, smoking and candles.
Install smoke alarms on each level of your home, inside all bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test fire alarms monthly and replace batteries as needed.
Keep flammable items at least three feet away from anything that get hot, such as space heaters, ovens, candles and electrical sockets.
Turn off space heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
Never leave a candle burning unattended.
If you have a fireplace, make sure your chimney is professionally inspected and cleaned once a year. Use a screen to prevent escaping embers.
Remain in the kitchen while cooking. Keep the stove clean and clear of flammable objects.
Take fire safety precautions if you smoke. Always smoke outdoors, never smoke in bed or when drowsy. Dispose of cigarettes in a designated ashtray. Use water to extinguish a cigarette or cigar.
Do not over load electrical sockets. Practice fire safety by unplugging items that are not in use.
Talk to children about the fire safety. Keep lighters and matches out of reach and locked away.
Know how to safely operate a fire extinguisher. Keep a fire extinguisher near both your oven and fireplace.
House Fire Safety Plan
Teach your family what the smoke alarms in your home sound like and what to do when they hear them.
Create an fire safety escape plan. Ensure that all members of your family know two ways to escape from each room of the house.
Have safety ladders accessible for sleeping areas on the second and third floor.
Designate a meeting place. Choose a safe, known location for your family to meet after escaping the home.
Practice your house fire safety plan at least twice per year and at different times of the day. Make sure everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.
Emphasize “get out, stay out.” Never re-enter the home for any reason.
In the event of a fire, there is nothing more important than the safety of your family. With a proper fire safety plan and preparedness, you can keep your family and home safe. Taking the time to educate yourself and create a fire safety plan is the first step to preventing fire damage.
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