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Best Practices for Home Fire Safety

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Fire safety is something every person in the home should take seriously and be aware of proper home fire safety practices. This is even more important if you have a fireplace or stove that is used as a heating source where there is a chance of an accident happening because of human error.

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  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms – there should be a minimum of one in every home. Ideally, there would be one located in every room of the house. Statistics show that merely having a working alarm increases chances of surviving a fire by 100 percent! Test them on a monthly basis to ensure the battery is charged and they are working properly.
  • Protecting Against Danger from Alternative Heat Sources – if you are using gas or electric heaters or have a fireplace, nothing combustible should be kept within three feet on every side. Fire or hot ash should never be removed from the fireplace for any reason.  In addition, there should be a screen or protective glass in front of the fireplace to avoid embers coming out or things not meant for the fire from entering the fireplace. Avoid using kerosene heaters indoors.
  • Appliances – if you see a spark or experience a malfunction in any appliance, immediately discontinue use of the appliance and have it checked. When appliances are not in use, unplug them.
  • Electricity – avoid overloading circuits and do not plug in multiple extension cords to a single outlet. As above, if an outlet is not working or you see a spark, discontinue use and call an electrician. Parents need to make sure they have trained their children to inform them if they see something spark or an outlet no longer works. Make sure the kids know that the breaker for that outlet needs to be turned off and not used.
  • Grease Fires – never pour water on grease fires, as this will make it more dangerous and spread. Turn off the burner if possible. Grease fires can be put out with baking soda or a fire extinguisher. If you are not able to extinguish this type of fire then immediately call 911.
  • Escape Routes – every family should have an escape route planned from every point of the home. This plan should be gone over regularly to ensure that everyone is familiar with every contingency and has a way out.
  • Fire Extinguishers – several should be located throughout the home, especially in the kitchen. Everyone should be versed on how to use them and where they are stored.