As a busy mom, it’s easy to let some things slide in favor of taking care of your family. However, there are some things that you can’t afford to neglect—one of which is fire safety. According to the National Fire Protection Association, house fires are one of the leading causes of injuries and deaths in the United States. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here’s everything you need to know about keeping your home safe from fire hazards.
The first step in preventing a house fire is to identify potential fire hazards in your home. Some common fire hazards include:
Flammable liquids like gasoline or cleaning products
Overloaded electrical outlets or circuits
Lit cigarettes left unattended
Space heaters placed too close to flammable objects
Dryers with lint buildup
Once you’ve identified potential fire hazards in your home, take steps to mitigate them. For example, if you have candles, make sure to blow them out before leaving the room. If you have flammable liquids, store them in a cool, dry place away from any ignition sources. If you have an overloaded electrical outlet, unplug some of the devices and spread them out to other outlets. And if you have a dryer with lint buildup, clean it out on a regular basis.
In addition to identifying and mitigating potential fire hazards, it’s also important to have an escape plan in case of a fire. Every member of your family should know at least two ways to exit every room in the event of a fire. You should also practice your escape plan regularly so that everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency. It is also recommended to take fire extinguisher training so that in the event of a smaller fire, you are able to extinguish it before it gets any bigger or more threatening. And finally, make sure to have working smoke detectors in every room of your house—and don’t forget to test them monthly!
Taking steps to prevent house fires may seem like a daunting task, but we promise it’s not as difficult as it seems. By following the tips in this guide, you can rest assured that your home is as safe as possible from fire hazards. And in the event that a fire does break out, you and your family will be prepared thanks to your well-rehearsed escape plan. Even if you are gone at work or on the move in any way, your family would be ready for any possible accidental fire that could break out. So what are you waiting for? Get started on making your home safe today!
By Brooke Chaplan / Freelance Writer/ BrookeChaplan@gmail.com