If you establish guidelines for fire safety in the home, you will be doing as much as you can to keep your family from harm's way. Fires can occur anytime and anywhere in the house, so you must do all you can to minimize the risk for your loved ones. You have to be sure that there are smoke detectors installed in every room in the house. Not only that, you have to make sure that there are loaded, working fire extinguishers in every key room of the house, including the bedrooms, family room, kitchen, workshop and garage.
You not only have to talk about fire safety in your house and make sure that everyone understands the rules, you must also take your family through drills so that everyone will be familiar with what to do and where to go in case of fire.
Fires cannot be prevented 100% of the time, that's a given, but there are things that you can do to minimize the risks. You should be really careful with your electrical outlets, and do not overload them with multiple extensions and appliances.
If one of your circuit breakers pops or you blow a fuse, that is the cause, but you need to find the effect. They blow or pop for a reason, and resetting a breaker or replacing a fuse will not fix the problem if there is an underlying cause. You need to hire an electrician to come and take a look at your electrical system to make sure everything is okay. Your electrical system is not a place where you want to skimp or cut corners.
Be careful with your extension cords and electrical cords, and do not allow them to become worn or frayed. If they do, then they need to be replaced right away or they become a fire and shock hazard. In addition, do not run them under curtains, rugs, carpets or other flammable materials so that you can reduce the chances of them causing a fire.
In the kitchen, keep all flammable materials, including curtains, pot handles, towels, napkins, paper towels, and so on away from the stove. You should also keep plenty of baking soda on hand so that you can extinguish any kitchen fire before it really gets out of hand.
Make sure everyone in the family knows the emergency escape routes and where to meet outside the home in case there is a fire. You should also make sure that you have several escape routes planned for every section of the house in case any route should be cut off by the fire.
Do not panic if there is a fire, which is why drilling and practicing is so important. The more familiar that you are with the procedures, the likelier it will be that you will keep a level head if there should be an emergency situation. Everyone in the family, from the youngest to the oldest, should know what to do, where to go, and to call 911 in case there is a fire.
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