It has been estimated
that an average of 358,500 home fires happen per year, resulting in a total of $6.7 billion in direct damage in the United States. Home fires are absolutely tragic – but also in most cases preventable. Here are some fire prevention tips that we recommend for every home owner.
1. Install smoke detectors
on every floor in your home. Be sure to keep one especially in your kitchen. You should test your smoke detectors monthly to ensure they are working properly and do not need a battery change.
2. Inspect your electrical cords.
Many Americans have extension cords and cords alike lying around the home. Check for any frayed, cut or damaged wires and replace them.
3. Keep flammable items out of the reach of your children.
Kids are curious, and a beautiful candle or high tech lighter could definitely provoke their curiosity. Keep these out of reach to avoid not only an accidental fire, but also skin burns.
4. Extinguish your cigarettes!
According to the United States Fire Administration, almost 1,000 people are killed in home fires that are started by cigarettes each year.
5. Do not try to put the fire out yourself.
When you notice any sign of a fire, immediately call 9-1-1 and exit the building. Many people can become trapped inside their home, resulting in their death.
: Do not walk away from a hot stove. Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and injuries in the United States. When cooking – always keep loose sleeves and kitchen towels away from the flame.