A house fire is one of the scariest tragedies a homeowner can experience. With having loved ones and precious personal belongings in the home, a fire can be devastating.
According to the American Red Cross, on average, 7 people die every day from a home fire, 36 people suffer injuries from a house fire every day, and every year there is over $7 million dollars spent in property damage as a result of a home fire.
- Electrical wiring
- Heaters and chimneys
- Cooking equipment like stoves and microwaves
One of the saddest truths about house fires is that they are commonly unintentional and unnoticed and the number of human and animal deaths is high.
There are ways to prevent a house fire and we will go over them below.
Install a smoke and carbon dioxide detector in your home. Contact your local fire department for the best alarms for residential use as well as how to properly connect them.
Test your smoke alarm.
Don’t wait until it’s too late or wait for an over cooked dish to set your alarm off. You want to make sure it is working correctly before it is needed. Consult the systems owner’s manual for assistance on how to do this.
Teach young children a fire evacuation procedure so that they know how to get out of the house.
Young children often don’t understand the danger of fire and the magnitude of the damage it causes. It is wise to enroll your children in a fire prevention program so that they know exactly what to do if a house fire happens.
Prevent a fire in your home by:
- Not smoking inside
- Avoid lighting candles, leaving the stove on, and turning off and unplugging systems such as hair dryers and toasters when leaving the house
- Having a licensed electrician double check that your electrical system is up to code
Use this checklist provided by the American Red Cross to ensure all systems that are fire hazards have been taken care of.