How You Can Increase Fire Safety in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights
Experiencing a house fire is something no one ever wants to go through, but unfortunately, it happens to many people every year. House fires can start and spread quickly—often in as little as 30 seconds and cause extreme devastation, but fortunately, many can be prevented by implementing a few fire safety tips around your household.
The best practice for fire safety is general prevention. Taking measures in your home to ensure a fire never starts is the best way to reduce your chances of ever having to deal with a fire or its complicated aftermath. Here are some tips for increasing fire safety in your household.
Tips for Increasing Household Fire Safety
Check your smoke detectors. Smoke detectors are the top safety measure for any home, and making sure that yours are operational is extremely important. Get in the habit of testing your smoke detectors on a monthly basis using their test button, and change the batteries whenever the unit begins to chirp.
Create a fire escape plan. Having a household fire escape plan is extremely important in case a fire does start and the smoke detectors sound. In many cases, you may only have two minutes to safely exit the home. Make sure every room has two accessible exits, that every family member knows what to do and that you have a designated meeting spot outside the home for once you all make it out safely.
Limit your fire risks. Limiting any risk of a fire is a great way to reduce the chances of one starting. Implementing simple safety tips such as never leaving the stove unattended, storing chemicals safely, keeping an eye on any candles or open flames and practicing smart electrical safety can go a long way in preventing any flames.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy. While you should only ever use a fire extinguisher if the fire is small and it is safe to do so, having one and knowing how to use it one can prevent a small incident from turning into a huge emergency. Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and near any open flames and check it often to be sure it is still operational.
If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 24⁄7 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and receive a quick response.