According to a National Fire Protection Association report that was released in 2017, a home fire took place in the U.S. about once every 90 seconds in 2015. In addition, while many of those fires were put out before they caused too much devastation, it’s easy to see why the NFPA recommends that people take action to protect themselves if a fire were to ever start in their homes. Here are a few tips that could help you in the event of a fire:
Learn how to use a fire extinguisher.
Most people have fire extinguishers in their houses, but how many of them actually know how to use them? Fortunately, the majority of people never have to use theirs, but that means that many people don’t have any experience with them. You should take the time to educate yourself about putting a fire extinguisher to good use. At the very least, you should watch a YouTube video about fire extinguishers so that you can see how it’s done.
Put a fire escape plan in place and teach your family about it.
What would you and your family do if a fire started right now? Too many families don’t have a clear escape plan in place. Rather than waiting for a fire to try and figure out how to react, you should create a plan and then teach the other members of your family how to follow it. You should all be on the same page, just in case a fire ever breaks out.
Make sure you have fire alarms and smoke detectors installed properly.
If a fire were to ever start, a fire alarm or smoke detector would alert you to its presence—assuming, of course, you have fire alarms and smoke detectors installed. It’s important to install them and then to check them every few months to make sure they’re working. By changing the batteries in fire alarms and smoke detectors and replacing older models with newer ones, you can ensure they will work to protect your home from fires.
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