Housefires can be devastating. Fire can spread within a matter of seconds, and can cause property damage, injury, and death. Here are some tips to protect you, your family, and your home from fire.
Install A Fire Alarm System
Installing an effective fire alarm, and pairing it with a fire alarm monitoring system, can save precious moments when it comes to notifying you and your family of fire, and contacting emergency services.
Smoke and heat detectors should always be kept in good working condition, and should have batteries changed regularly.
Take Care when Cooking
The kitchen is the most common origin point for house fires. Here are some ways to keep safe while cooking:
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Keep appliances in good shape, and unplugged when not in use.
- Keep the oven, burners, and countertops clean and free of grease, and crumbs.
- Install a smoke detector near the kitchen.
- Keep long hair tied back, and avoid flowy clothing around burners.
- Keep flammable material (dishtowels, paper, oven mitts, etc) away from burners.
- Double-check that everything is turned off once you’re done cooking, and/or before leaving the house.
Careful with Candles
Take extra caution when lighting candles that they are far away from any flammable items, and out of reach of children and pets. Never leave candles unattended!
We often light candles during holidays, or other celebrations. Take care not to become distracted and forget about the candles; always make sure you blow them out when leaving the room!
Make Your Home a No-Smoking Zone
For the sake of your health as well as fire safety, avoid smoking indoors! Cigarettes are a major cause of house fires, especially because they are small and can go unnoticed.
Avoid smoking while lying in bed, or near any other flammable items. Avoid smoking when you’re feeling tired–falling asleep with a lit cigarette in hand is a recipe for disaster. When it comes to smoking indoors–cut it out!
Watch Your Heating
In the winter, make sure your heaters are serviced, and professionally inspected. For those who use space heaters during the cold months, make sure to keep them clear of any flammable items, for instance, don’t turn them on too close to a sofa or bed. Don’t leave space heaters unattended.
When it comes to house fires, you must take every precaution necessary. At a.p.i. Alarm Inc., we offer fire protection, and sprinkler monitoring systems. Contact us today for a quote!