Home Fire Prevention & Safety Tips

It is said that safety does not come with luck; it has to be prepared. Especially when it comes to our loved ones and loved places; home is where we feel safest. 

In today’s topic, we will be discussing the detailed safety measurements that can be taken against fire break out. 

Nowadays, fire breaking out is more of a common phenomenon, which might occur in the office, hospital, market, and even our home. 

Therefore, without wasting any further time, let us find out the tips to prevent fire in our living places.

10 Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

1. Installing smoke alarms

Precaution is always the better option than the cure. Early warning from a smoke alarm might give some extra time to escape or save lives.

It is a wise decision to keep fire alarms in your home, especially inside your bedroom & outside of the sleeping areas.

It does not end there; one has to keep checking that the alarm is working fine and no technical fault has come.

In other words, only installing smoke alarms won’t be enough; maintaining or replacing them when the battery is low will be necessary to get the results.

2. Heat control in the Kitchen

It is necessary to control the heat generated from the hot oven or stovetop. Do not leave the stove unattended. 

A fire needs oxygen, heat, and fuel, so we need to keep all the flammable items, such as wooden spoons, towels away from the hot oven or stovetop. 

Also, distractions, both mental and physical, can produce an injury, death, or damage to your house or apartment; that’s also an important matter to take care of while you’re cooking.

3. Unplug Gadgets

It is an excellent habit to unplug electric gadgets when they are not used. Kitchen appliances like toasters, coffee makers, blenders, micro-oven, ovens should be kept unplugged when they are not being used.

The risk of electrical fire is low when they are in good working condition. On the other hand, it also lowers the risk of suffering electrical surges during thunderstorms.

The devices like computers, laptops, TVs should be unplugged during thunderstorms. It helps reduce the risk of damage to the devices and prevents electrical fire.

4. Electrical Safety

Electricity makes our life easy; it can be a source of problems if we do not carefully control it with care.

Any electronic gadget having an unusual smell should be unplugged and have It serviced before using it again.

Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.

Major appliances like refrigerators, washing machines. The air conditioner should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet.

Do not use extension cords under the matt and keep them away from water. Do not use the wrong size fuses in your fuse box.

Also See: Tips to prepare Electronics Appliances for a Move

5. Keep Candles away

Keep your children or pets away from the candle flame. Please do not leave a candle unattended or place them in such a position when the children can easily reach that and knock them over and start a fire.

Also, keep items like towels, clothing, beddings, papers, wooden furniture, and all other flammable items away from the candle not to catch fire.

6. Safety from Smoking

Smoking materials are the leading cause of death nowadays. Be it affecting human health or causing fire incidents; it is the reason for the sad demise of so many people.

Careless smokers are the reason behind the accidents caused by smoking; however, the fire from the smoking materials is preventable.

Smoking in bed or upholstered furniture could be fatal. If someone is smoking, it is better to smoke outside the house because most smoking fire cases start from either bedrooms or living rooms. 

It is also advised to keep the lights and other smoking items out of the reach of the children.

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7. Uses of fire extinguishers

It is essential to understand that safety comes first. So, if you are not sure enough about your skill of using fire extinguishers, do not risk other’s life.

But on the contrary, if you believe that the fire is small and everyone at the house can get out of it safely, you may use it to control it.

To use a fire extinguisher, first, you need to pull the pin, then point the extinguisher at the base of the fire, squeeze the handle steadily and sweep the nozzle from one side to another.

It’s like there are different types of fire that can catch in houses or any other properties, and for those, you’ll need different kinds of extinguishers. Due to this reason, the National Fire Protection Association suggests that you keep a multi-purpose fire extinguisher for home usage. 

8. Escape Plan

Despite all the safety measurements, it is better to have a safety plan if you still face a fire breakout.

If a fire occurs in your house, you have to come out of it fast, so it is better to sit with the family and discuss the plan before such a tragedy happens.

Ensure everyone knows more than one way out from the house, including windows; ensure all the doors and windows leading outside open easily.

Practice your escape plan at least twice a year and make a meeting point outside the house. 

In case you live in a building, try and take the stairs. Do not use the elevator to escape the fire because it might be risky if the fire reaches the system and damages it.

9. If trapped in the fire

If you are trapped within a room in a fire, the first thing you need to do is close all the doors and vents with a duct or towel; it will prevent the smoke from coming inside the room.

You may open a window at the top or the bottom to get some fresh air and to signal someone so that they can rescue you, but only if that window is not drawing some smoke into the room.

On the other hand, if you are forced to move forward through the flames, hold your breath, cover yourself with clothes, and move as fast as you can.

If you crawl through the smoke, crawl low on your hands and knees, you’ll get the cleanest air within 12 to 24 inches.

10. If you catch fire

This is the last and the most essential point of all. Everyone should know how to help themselves if their clothes catch fire.

The thing they should not do in such a scenario is run; they should drop to the ground, cover their face with hands to save face and lungs, and roll over and over to stop the flames. Once this is done, cool the burn with water and ask for help.

These were the ten must-know facts about the safety and prevention of the fire, which reflects that we need protection and have to be careful while using any product that might cause a fire.

It requires several strategies to prevent fire, and one of the most important strategies is to identify and target risk factors; the rest of the measurement comes after that.

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FAQs

What should be done if you cannot see the fire but can only smell smoke? 

There may be times when you would not see the fire but can only smell smoke. 

In these times, pull up the fire alarm without any hesitation if you have one and try to evacuate the house as soon as possible. 

Also, turn off the electrical appliances, including the gas cylinder, immediately if the smoke is not too much. 

How often should you inspect the fire extinguisher? 

If you have a fire extinguisher, then know that it should be regularly inspected, tested, and serviced. It does not matter if you have used the extinguisher ever or not. 

The inspection helps to ensure that the extinguisher is in a working condition and can be helpful in the time of need. 

However, the inspection should be carried out twice a year, to be precise. 

You can also read our article on importance of Home Inspection.

How to prevent a grease fire in the Kitchen?

If a grease fire in the Kitchen starts, remember not to use water to put it off. It is recommended to smother the flames using a heavy lid or any baking sheet.

You can also use baking soda or salt to put off the flames. On the other hand, it is recommended to turn off the stove’s power to prevent the fire from spreading.

How many smoke detectors should be installed in a house? 

Installing smoke detectors completely varies depending on the size of your home.

However, installing at least one smoke and carbon monoxide detector on each floor is suggested.

Besides that, keep in mind to install one in your Kitchen and the other outside the sleeping area. 

What to do after a house fire has been caused?

Once the house fire has been caused, start with getting a fire report and ensure if you can enter the house by consulting with the fire department.

After this, secure your home and count on the non-profit programs to help you with housing, food, clothing, and others.

Lastly, please keep a record of everything you have to spend alongside contacting the home insurance and mortgage company to inform them about the fire.

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Rostislav Shetman is the founder of 9Kilo Moving. He has been in the moving and relocation industry for more than 25 years, making him an expert in his field. Rostislav started as a helper, dispatcher and driver and has worked his way up to owning his own company. He takes great pride in his work and enjoys helping people relocate across the United States of America. When he's not working, Rostislav enjoys spending time with his family and friends. They are the light of his life and bring him happiness every day.