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Fire Prevention Week: Simple Fire Safety Tips

Oct 08 2013

BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! There’s no scarier feeling than being woken up from a dead sleep with the shrill sound of a smoke detector. Life should be simple, fires are not. With Fire Prevention Week in full swing, it’s important to be aware, stay safe, and come up with plans about fire safety. While your safety is important, it doesn’t have to be complicated. With these fire safety tips handy, you can easily live a simpler life. Check them out here. 

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  • Make sure all family members know what to do in the event of a fire. Plan escape routes, draw a floor plan, and create mock fire emergency scenarios so that everyone is prepared for all situations.
  • Regularly test all windows and doors. Are they wide or tall enough? Do they open easily?
  • Choose a safe meeting place outside the house in the event of a fire.
  • Regularly check and test smoke detectors and make sure the batteries are intact.
  • Practice alerting others and consider keeping a bell and flashlight in every room.
  • Children are naturally curious about fire. Take the mystery out of it by teaching your children that fire is a tool, not a toy.
  • Always sleep with the bedroom door closed. This will keep deadly heat and smoke from quickly filtering into your bedroom, which gives you time to assess the situation and escape quickly.
  • The kitchen is one of the most common rooms in your home where fires occur, and it’s also easily preventable. Use common sense and limit distractions. Don’t leave a hot oven or stovetop unattended when cooking.
  • Time is critical in emergency situations, so don’t waste it by getting dressed or searching for valuables.
  • In the event of a fire, be sure to roll out of bed, stay low, and cover your mouth and nose.
  • Space heaters need space. Keep portable and space heaters at least 3 feet from anything that could burn. Never leave heaters on when you leave the house or go to sleep.
  • With Fire Prevention Week this week, there’s no better time to get the whole family involved in going over a fire safety plan—and it doesn’t have to be complicated. The simpler the better. Go over all tips and plans before disaster happens. There’s no time like the present.

Fire safety isn’t the only thing that can be simple in your life. By installing our electronic deadbolt, you can live a safer and simpler life right in the comforts of your home.

What other fire safety tips and habits do you practice? Let us know in the comments section below!