Preventing House Fires Tips

Fire Hazards Are Everywhere

One of the greatest and most obvious dangers is House Fires. Every winter, house fire rates go up, especially during times when people are trying to make their house more festive with twinkly lights on the tree or in the house, candles burning, wood-stoves fired up for heat, using space heaters to get the chill off. It is not just house fires that are a danger, but house fire hazards. Here Are A Few Tips On Preventing House Fires.

Here are some tips on preventing house fires

Tip #1

Make sure that there is a working smoke alarm in every single bedroom and the hallways leading up to bedrooms. Also make sure there is a smoke alarm on every floor of the house. If possible, there should be one in an attached garage or carport. Check the batteries of smoke alarms at least twice a year – when daylight saving time begins and ends.

Tip #2

Keep combustible items away from heat sources. For example, make sure that all candles are in sturdy holders and that nothing can fall into them. Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that could catch fire.

Tip #3

Space heaters need to be kept away from children! Make sure space heating equipment has an automatic shut-off switch if it tips over and never leave a space heater running when children are awake or when house pets are in the room. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heaters, whether they are incandescent light bulbs, fireplaces, gas logs, etc.

Tip #4

When using a wood-stove/fireplace to stay warm, make sure it’s cleaned before use. Wood ashes can be very hot and tend to fly around if they are not cool. Wood ashes can be hazardous as they tend to land on anyone near the fireplace or wood-stove. Make sure all flammable materials are away from the fireplace before. Including house pets and children!

Tip #5

Keep house plants at least 3 feet away from fireplaces and other heat sources.

Tip #6

Do not leave house pets or small children alone in a house. And make sure that all smoke alarms and fire extinguishers are easily accessible and within reach. Know where your household fire escape plan is located as well as the location of any meeting area outside to regroup afterwards.

Injuries are caused by the lack of knowledge on how to prevent house fires. House fires are quite common during the winter months. People often use fireplaces and space heaters to provide some form of warmth. Most house fires start due to carelessness rather than accidents. However, house fire accidents do happen and house fires can kill! Remember these tips on preventing a house fires.

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