Fire Safety Basics For Your Home
Each year in the United States, over 350,000 house fires occur, resulting in over $5.5 billion in property damage. Financial loss aside, these fires also lead to nearly 3,000 deaths and 10,000 injuries.
The best defense against a house fire is advance preparation. Even more importantly, it’s vital that each member of your household know how to prevent fires and what to do if one should occur.
Start out by teaching your kids basic fire safety guidelines from a young age. Consider these three other fire safety precautions you can practice together:
If a fire occurs, every member of your family needs to know how to react and also stay calm—this includes getting out of the house safely and where to go once outside.
Remember, creating a plan is only the beginning.
Practice makes perfect, and regular practice of the fire safety routine will make you more likely to remember the steps if a fire breaks out.
Do you know how many fire hazards you would spot if you were to look through your home? You could be surprised by the number you find. Go through every room and your outdoor spaces to discover previously unnoticed hazards.
- Check that your appliances are in good working condition.
- Make sure electrical cords are intact and not frayed or damaged.
- Check that outlets and extension cords have not been overloaded.
- Make sure the correct wattage of light bulbs is being used in light fixtures.
- Be sure no wires are covered up by rugs or carpet.
You may not have known before, but cooking is the biggest single cause of house fires. This is why it’s important to be careful in the kitchen.
Here are some refreshers on cooking safety:
- Don’t cook when tired or otherwise unable to pay attention.
- Supervise kids and teens when they are cooking.
- Be prepared for grease fires by having a lid available to cover and smother.
- If the oven catches on fire, turn off the oven and keep the oven door closed.
- If the fire is spreading, leave the room immediately and close the door behind you.
If your family has experienced a fire and needs help restoring your home, SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City can help! Give us a call to learn about our fire restoration services and what we can do for you. 702-564-8508