It is very important to be safe from fires in your home. The following article has the top five fire safety habits that you and your family can employ at your house. Fire can be a scary possibility at your house, but if you are aware of the dangers and you know how to practice good fire safety habits every day, you and your family will be prepared and safe. Anyone can make the following habits a part of their daily life. They are easy to pick up and they don’t require much prior knowledge or any tools. Read on to learn more and be safe from fires.
Children will be fascinated by fire when they first see it. That is not a problem, but it may make some children more inclined to try to play with it when they are at home. This means that kids might try to play with your cigarettes, matches, lighters, candles and other flammable devices and accessories. Remember that kids do not know the safety rules that come along with these things. To keep everyone in the home safe, never allow kids to touch these kinds of things. As a precaution, keep them in a locked cupboard or drawer that only you or another adult has the key to. Even if you are in the room, never let kids play with matches or lighters.
You may not realize it, but there are many heating devices in your home that you probably use every day. You wake up in the morning and have some eggs and bacon on the stove, throw some toast in your toaster and then curl your hair with a curling iron or flatten it with a flat iron. Even your waffle iron and hair dryer are considered heating devices. Irons and some hot lamps are also considered somewhat dangerous heating devices in the home. To be safe with these devices, it is important to remember to only allow adults to use them. Never allow children to play with irons, curling irons or the stove. When you have pots and pans on the stove, make sure to turn the handles inward so that small kids cannot pull them down.
Candles cause many of the fires seen in the Unites States every year. Candles can cause fires in homes, schools, churches or restaurants. Near Christmas time, it used to be a tradition to use real candles on the Christmas tree as decorations, but they ended up starting so many fires that that is no longer a common practice. The key to avoiding fires in the home from candles is to never leave them unattended. Candles can look great and add a lot of warmth and homeyness into any dwelling, but if you are going to use them, you must be around when they are lit. Never leave a candle burning in a room where no adults are present.
Cigarettes are some of the most common first starters. If you smoke or if someone else in the family does, always make sure to douse cigarettes in water before disposing of the. Cigarette fires start most often when people just throw their half lit cigarette butts out the window or leave them sitting on something flammable like wood or cloth. You should also never smoke in your bed or anywhere where you might fall asleep such as the couch.
Every family should have an escape plan and route in case of a fire. If you have a second floor in your home, consider purchasing a ladder that you could hang down from an upper window and escape from if there was a fire. You should tell everyone where the meeting spot is, and remember that no one should ever risk their lives to go inside a burning building. Having a meeting spot will allow everyone to see each other as they escape from the building. That way, no one suspects that someone is still in side when in reality they could just be in a different safe place.