Home Fire Protection
At a minimum,
you should have fire detectors installed in every area of your home.
Every year nearly 4,000 Americans die in fires and more than 25,000
are injured. It is essential that you take a few precautionary steps
in order to better your odds at surviving a fire in your home.
can be stand alone devices or they can be part of an overall home
security system that is monitored
by an alarm company. If your fire detectors are monitored by a service
company then you will have the added benefit of a quick response
by the fire department and you will have the peace of mind in knowing
that help is on the way. Your other option is to go ahead and just
buy equipment and install it
Have an Escape
smoke alarms, the next most important factor in making your home
more safe in case of fire is to have an escape plan. Studies show
that most people don't have an escape plan. In fact, more than 75%
of all households do not have a fire escape plan in order. Keep
in mind that if a fire is detected in your home, the only thing
that should be on your mind is getting out of the house and making
sure that your children have safely escaped. You could have as little
as 2 minutes to get out to safety.
The first thing
that you need to do is have a family meeting and come up with a
fire escape plan. Your plan should be as simple as possible so that
everyone will have an easier time committing the plan to memory.
You should consider drawing a map of your house that details the
escape routes. The next thing that you should do is have a fire
drill. You should proactive your fire evacuation once every three
months so that you can keep the escape routes in your memory banks.
to an Effective Fire Escape Plan
- Get out of
the building ASAP! There should be no excuses for going back into
a burning house.
- Someone should
be assigned to assist small children, older adults or family members
with disabilities in case of an emergency. It is important to
have these assignments detailed out as part of your fire escape
- Make sure
that your street number is clearly visible from your road.
- While you
are checking to make sure that your street number is clearly visible
from your road, you should also check to make sure that all escape
routes have been cleared of obstacles and that all doors and windows
can be easily opened.
- Windows and
doors that have security bars should have emergency release devices.
- You need to
pick an outside meeting place for your family. This should be
a central location where everyone can meet after an emergency.
Furnaces and Other Frequent Fire Fears
special fire risks. You need to keep in mind that with a fireplace,
you are bringing fire into your home on purpose. You should not
keep newspapers, kindling, or matches close to your fireplace. Exposed
rugs and wooden floors in front of your fireplace are a concern
as well. You also need to have your chimney inspected by a professional
before each winter. A chimney spark arrester is a good investment
and can help to prevent a fire on your roof.
dangerous appliance in the home is the clothes dryer. The clothes
dryer can also cause a fire in your. You should never leave your
home with the clothes dryer running. You should also never go to
bed with it running. Dryers need to be vented to the outside of
your home rather than into a wall or to the attic. The lint screen
should be cleaned on a regular basis. Frequently cleaning can help
to keep the airway clear. Yo should also be careful about the types
of items that you put in your clothes dryer. You should never put
anything that contains synthetic fabrics, plastic, rubber, or foam
into your clothes dryer because these types of items retain heat.
In general, the
kitchen is one of the most dangerous places in the home. This is
especially true when it comes to fire. It only makes sense since
after all, you do purposefully create fires in your kitchen. In
fact, careless cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home.
Studies show that 76% of all home fires are related to cooking.
The first rule
to follow is to never leave your cooking unattended. You should
also keep a fire extinguisher about 10-15 feet away from your stove
on the exit side of your kitchen. Make sure that you and your other
family members understand how to use the fire extinguisher in case
of a fire emergency. Avoid storing anything on the top of your stove.
When you do cook, be sure to wear clothes that fit tight so that
you can avoid having your clothes catch fire. You also need to use
common sense with your microwave oven. In particular, pay attention
to the types of items that can be safely cooked in a microwave.
If these statistics
scare you then that is probably a good thing. That just means that
you are normal. Hopefully it will motivate you to take the needed
steps so that your family can be safe. So read these statistics
and then you might finally stop putting off getting around to taking
care of the fire protection issues in your home.
- A person dies
from a home fire around once every 2 hours in the United States.
- A fire department
responds to a fire somewhere in the US every 20 seconds.
- Around one
half of all home fire deaths in the United States is a result
of a fire that occurred between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. However,
only 1/4 of all home fires occur between those hours. In other
words, most home fires happen in the day time but most deadly
fires happen at night while people are sleeping.
- Overall, smoking
is the main cause of home fire deaths but December through February
heating equipment causes a similar number of deaths by fire in
- Heating equipment
is also a major cause of fire in the home. However, it is a distant
second from the number one cause which is cooking in the kitchen.
- Deaths that
are caused by fires and burns are the fifth most common cause
of unintentional injury deaths in the United States.
- Most fire
related deaths are caused by smoke or toxic gases and not by actual
- Men account
for $4.8 billion (64%) of the total costs of fire and burn injuries.
- Alcohol is
involved in two out of every five residential fire deaths.
- Children 4
and under and adults that are 65 and older are at an increased
risk of fire-related injuries and deaths.
- Around 50%
of home fire deaths happen in homes that don't have smoke alarms.
and Best Practices
of your family should know how to dial 911 in case of an emergency.
There should be at least two exits from every room in your home.
Fire escape ladders should be added to all upstairs bedrooms.
should have a fire drill practice once every six months. You need
to designate a landmark where family members can meet after they
escape from a fire in your home. Children should be taught to not
hide from fire under their beds or in other places where fire and
rescue personnel will not easily be able to find them.
your bedroom doors closed will help to keep deadly heat and smoke
out of your bedrooms. This is important because it can give you
and your family more time to escape. If there is a fire in your
home, don't waste any time putting on clothes or searching for jewelry
or pets. Teach your family to just get out of the house as fast
as possible by using the routes that you have chosen in your family
Teach your children
and other family members to roll out of their beds and stay low
to the floor. On the way out of the house you should feel the doors
for heat and avoid opening doors that are hot to the touch. If someone
does happen to catch fire, they need to stop, drop and roll. Practice
all of these techniques on a regular basis and you will be one step
ahead when it comes to keeping your family safe from a fire in your