Fire Safety Begins at Home
Whether you are a renter, a first-time homeowner or someone who has lived in your home for decades, fire safety is an important aspect of home ownership. Here are 11 fire safety tips that you should follow to keep your home safe.
Install Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms are the first line of defense in a fire emergency. You should install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and in every bedroom. Make sure that they are functioning properly by testing them regularly and replacing the batteries annually.
Plan an Escape Route
In the case of a fire, it is so important to have a clear escape route that you and your family are familiar with. Plan two ways out of every room, including windows and doors. Make sure that all exits are easily accessible and that windows and doors can be easily opened.
Keep Flammable Items Away from Heat Sources
Items such as curtains, paper, and alcohol should be kept away from heat sources like stoves and fireplaces. If you have a fireplace, make sure that the chimney is cleaned regularly. Flammable liquids like gasoline, kerosene, and propane should be stored in a cool, dry place that is away from heat sources.
Be Cautious While Cooking
Cooking is one of the leading causes of home fires. Never leave cooking food unattended, and always keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
Never Leave Candles Unattended
Candles can be a great way to relax and set the mood but you should never leave them burning for too long or leave them unattended. Make sure to blow them out when leaving a room, especially when you are going to sleep. Try and cut the wicks short once they are cool to avoid high flames and always keep them in sturdy candle holders. If you have children or pets, keep all candles, matches and lighters away from reach.
Avoid Electrical Hazards
Electrical hazards like overloading outlets, frayed wires, and old electrical appliances can be fire hazards. Avoid overloading outlets and always use a surge protector to protect your electronics.
Keep a Fire Extinguisher Handy
A fire extinguisher should be easily accessible in the event of a fire. Make sure that everyone in the household knows how to use it, and that it is in good working condition.
Outdoor Fire Safety
Always clear away any dry or dead vegetation from around your home and remove any leaves, branches or other debris from your roof and gutters. Trees and bushes within 10 metres of your home should be kept trimmed and deadwood removed. Also, make sure your outdoor grill, smoker, or fire pit is in a safe location away from your home and not surrounded by dry vegetation.
Your BBQ should be located away from fences, overhangs and combustible materials. Be sure to keep the grills clean and clean the grease trap regularly to prevent a build-up. Never leave a BBQ unattended as the outcome could be disastrous.
Never discard cigarettes in terracotta pots and planters. Remind your guests that although it may seem like a harmless place to butt out, ashtrays are much safer. Make sure all cigarettes are out before disposing of them.
We all love nightly gatherings with friends and neighbours, and roasting marshmallows on an open fire but flying sparks can endanger not only us but our surroundings as well. Outdoor Fireplaces and Dire Pits should be placed at least 10 feet away from your home or anything that can burn. Closely watch children when your fire pit is in use and always put out fires before you leave the backyard.
Stay informed about fire safety by signing up for local emergency alerts and following your local fire department on social media. Make sure to check what fire level your town or city is as you could be under an outdoor fire ban.
By being proactive and taking these simple steps, you can help to protect your family and your home in the event of a fire. Remember, a little bit of preparation can go a long way in keeping your home safe and secure.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, I have been in sales for over 30 years. At the young age of 23, I was a successful store manager for a large well known Retail Shoe Company in Toronto, which led me to work for a large Floor and Wall Fashions Distributor in Warehouse Management and Sales. Beginning in 2004, this valuable experience led me to a successful and dynamic career in Real Estate. I then achieved my Broker's license in 2008 and I am always continuing my education in this exciting field.
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