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Posted on June 2, 2011

Home Fire Safety Tips

Have you ever had to deal with a fire in your Houston, Texas area home? If so, you probably take extreme precautions now to make sure a fire can never happen again. But, it’s easy to forget that you should be vigilant every day to keep your family and your home safe. Fortunately, there’s nothing too complicated about home fire safety – just buy a Houston fire extinguisher and use your common sense to follow these simple home fire safety tips!

Home Fire Safety Tips: Be Prepared

The most important way to make sure that your family will be safe during a fire is by making sure everyone, especially your kids, knows what to do in the event of an emergency. This will allow everyone to escape your home autonomously, so you can focus on getting yourself out.

  • Have a home fire safety plan – make sure you have a home fire safety plan that your whole family understands. The plan should detail at least two ways to exit every room and should indicate a meeting place for everyone to report to once they’ve escaped. If you have small children, make sure you practice this plan frequently so they know exactly what to do without having to think about it.
  • Teach your kids how to call for help – post emergency contact numbers near phones. Make sure your kids know your address and phone number so if they have to call the fire department – they know exactly what to say.

Home Fire Safety Tips: Fire Alarms, Fire Extinguishers and Fire Sprinklers

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, having smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and a Houston fire sprinkler system installed in your home can dramatically improve your home’s fire safety, potentially saving your family’s life in the event of a fire.

  • Smoke detectors and fire alarms – if you have smoke detectors or fire alarms installed in your home, make sure you test them once a month and replace the batteries annually. If you don’t have smoke detectors or fire alarms in your home, get them! Make sure you place at least one in every floor, especially outside of bedrooms. Don’t install smoke detectors in the kitchen or bathroom, where steam and heat can cause them to false alarm.
  • Fire extinguishers – have a couple of fire extinguishers in your home, keep them in places where fires commonly start and make sure everyone in your family knows how to use them. Most fires start in the kitchen, garage or basement workshop, and are usually small and easy to put out when they first flare up. If you strategically place a few fire extinguishers throughout your home, you can prevent small fires from turning into huge catastrophes.
  • Fire sprinkler systems – Houston fire sprinkler systems are becoming ubiquitous in new home construction, and can cut death rates in half and reduce property damage by one-third to two-thirds. In fact, there has never been a reported death in homes with fire sprinkler systems installed. While many people think that residential fire sprinklers can cause as much water damage as fire damage, this is usually not true – and is definitely not a reason to be unprotected!

Home Fire Safety Tips: General Tips

Even if you have all the latest fire protection equipment installed in your home, you still need to be vigilant to keep your home protected at all times. Most fires that break out in homes happen as a result of careless accidents that could happen to anyone.

Never smoke in bed – this one seems obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people do it anyway. Smoking in bed (or on an easy chair or anything similar) carries several inherent risks – mainly, you could fall asleep!

Don’t overload electrical sockets – there is a reason electrical receptacles come in pairs – you should only plug two things into each! Overloading a circuit with extension cords and octopus outlets can create sparks and overheating which can lead to extremely dangerous electrical fires.

Be careful with space heaters – if you use a space heater, make sure it is at least three feet away from any flammable surface, especially walls and drapes. In order to heat your rooms, your space heater has to get really, really hot – hot enough to ignite any flammable material around it!

For more home fire safety tips, or if you need your Houston, Texas home’s fire protection systems inspected or tested, call the experts at Kauffman Co today!

We provide estimates for new and replacement fire protection systems throughout Texas (TX) in:

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