Preventing fires should never be reactionary. If it comes to the point that you have to react it is already too late. However, you can do a great deal to decrease the risk of house fires by taking proactive measures against them. According to our restoration experts at Kade Cleaning Systems in Blue Springs, here are four simple ways to be proactive and prevent fires in your home.
A fire alarm that has dead batteries or isn’t working properly won’t do you any good in a fire. Thus, it is important that you take care to install your fire alarms correctly when you first get them, and inspect them often to ensure they are working. Also, don’t wait until your smoke alarms start beeping to alert you the batteries are low. It is better to check them often and make sure they are in proper working condition.
The best way to mitigate the damage from a fire that has already started is to have a fire extinguisher readily available. At the very least, you should keep at least one fire extinguisher for each floor of your home, although it is better to keep a few more than that. You never know when an extra fire extinguisher placed in your bathroom, bedroom, or living room can save you from a major disaster. Just having fire extinguishers, however, is not enough. Make sure that you know how to use them so you don’t have to figure it out during a fire. Also, make sure that your extinguishers are up to date. Most fire extinguishers last between 5 and 15 years so you don’t need to replace them often, but you do need to make sure that you replace them.
One of the best ways to prevent fires is to simply be educated about them. There’s not enough time to cover all you need to know in this post, but make an effort to understand the conditions in which fire is strongest, how to avoid smoke inhalation in a fire, and what you can do to put out a fire that has already started. Last of all, you should also understand all the potential fire hazards and what you can do to avoid them.
Just because you know your home inside and out doesn’t mean you are prepared to navigate it in a fire. To be truly prepared, you will need to plan an escape route. It is recommended that your escape route includes two different ways out of each room. You should have these routes written down and posted somewhere in your home. Along with writing it down, you should also run through it. This is especially true if you have young children. Make a fun activity out of teaching them what to do in a fire and how to escape the home safely.
We hope you find these tips to be helpful ways of proactively preventing house fire. However, if your home is ever affected by fire damage, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Kade Cleaning Systems in Blue Springs for help.