How to Increase Your Household Fire Safety Efforts | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin
How to Increase Your Household Fire Safety Efforts | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin - SERVPRO OF SE WAUKESHA COUNTY/WEST FRANKLIN Blog
When it comes to fire safety, it is wise for individuals to make sure they do everything they can to keep their household safe. Fires happen with far more frequency than most people realize, but by keeping key fire safety tips in mind, individuals can reduce their risk of experiencing one.
When researching fire safety, it is helpful to have all the information in a centralized place, which is why we have listed out some of the most pertinent fire safety tips to keep in mind. These address some of the most common causes of fires so you can have peace of mind in your home.
Frequently Check Smoke Detectors. Following guidelines for installation and maintenance of smoke detectors is the best thing you can do to increase your household’s fire safety efforts. Most smoke detectors should be checked each month and replaced in 10-year intervals.
Have a Fire Escape Plan. Drafting an evacuation plan for the event of a house fire and practicing it with your family members will help everyone feel more prepared. Designate at least two exits from each room and an outdoor meeting spot for everyone to reconvene while awaiting assistance.
Know How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher. Knowing the guidelines for using a fire extinguisher can make the difference between a close call and a disastrous house fire. Make sure to purchase the correct classification of extinguisher for your needs and store it in an area that is easily accessible.
Never Leave Flames Unattended. Small flames we utilize every day are still high risk for starting a fire. Flames from candles and sparks from fireplaces can spread in an instant, leading to a full-scale house fire before becoming noticed. This is why it is best to never leave an open flame unattended.
Keep a Closed-Door Policy. The most deadly fires are the ones that break out during the early morning hours, mostly due to the reduced reaction time of sleeping family members. However, one key way to combat this is by closing bedroom doors before going to sleep. The door can slow down flames, allowing more time for everyone to execute the escape plan.
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