Basic Tips and Guidelines for Fire Safety at Homes

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Thousands of people die, every year, as the result of fire starting in the home. By following some simple fire safety guidelines and taking preventive measures, many deaths and injuries can be avoided. Following are some basic guidelines to help you prevent the home fire.

Cooking Fire Safety Tips

Statistics indicate that the majority of household fires begin in the kitchen. To start with, it is extremely important that you stay in the kitchen, when cooking something on stove. If you need to step away for a few minutes, always turn off the stove. In addition:

· Keep the area around the stovetop free of clutter, store items such as potholders, kitchen towels and cookbooks away from open flame.

· Avoid wearing baggy shirts, with long sleeves, when you’re preparing a meal. The best type of shirt for the task is one with short sleeves that doesn’t come in contact with heat or flames.

· Never throw hot grease into the garbage. Even if it isn’t smoking, it might still cause something else to burn.

· Keep a fire extinguisher handy. It can make the difference between putting out a simple pan fire to your home going up in flames.

· Install smoke alarms at least 10 feet from your stove or out of the kitchen altogether. Doing so will prevent the possibility of false alarms.

Bedroom Fire Safety Tips

Many fires occur at night, when everyone is sleeping or supposed to be sleeping. Common reasons for these fires include misuse of electrical cords and children playing with matches. To stay safe, remember this:

· Mattresses made before 2007 do not comply with current fire safety standards. Purchasing new mattresses will help to reduce the possibility of severe burns. Along the same lines, never buy children’s sleepwear unless it’s flame-retardant.

· Never smoke in bed.

· Don’t use an electric blanket that has a frayed cord.

· If you’re using a space heater, make sure it is located away from clothing and other flammable materials.

· Place a smoke alarm outside of each bedroom door.

Fireplace and Wood Stove Fire Safety Tips

Due to the rising cost of home heating fuels, more and more people are heating their homes with the help of fireplace. In rural areas, heating fires account for over 35% of all residential fires. To avoid a hazardous fireplace fire, follow these tips:

· Clean your chimney on a regular basis.

· If your fireplace doesn’t have a glass screen, use a heavy-duty mesh model in its place. This helps to prevent hot embers from escaping and burning furniture or carpet.

· Don’t use gas or any other type of flammable liquid to start a fire.

· Use seasoned hardwood, whenever possible. Wood that is moist or soft speeds up creosote buildup. Creosote is a major cause of chimney fires.

· Keep your roof free of debris, which could easily catch on fire if it were to come in contact with hot embers.

Preventing a majority of home fires is just a matter of common sense. Typically, the more cautious you are in regard to your everyday routine, the safer your home and family will be.


Arba Hana is a contributing writer for Safe Site Facilities, and she writes about basic safety and security measures for homes and offices.

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