Have you ever thought about how fire safe you and your family are in your home?
Millions of people probably feel really safe in their homes because they have some sort of fire alarm system, security system, smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, or a combination of a total home security system that covers any type emergency.
Even if you do have a complete home security system that covers any type emergency at your home, you probably are not as safe as you think you are.
More homes are broken into and burglarized or damaged by fire more now than ever because the rising rate of fires in the home, crime rate, or because of the uneducated homeowner who thinks they are safe from fire or theft.
If you would like to make your home a lot safer from a fire breaking out in your home, you need to make a general safety fire check-off list.
A general safety fire check-off list should include the following information below.
Bar B Que grills should be at least 10 feet away from your home or building when in use.
Space heaters should be at least 5 feet and no closer than 3 feet close to anything that could catch on fire or burn.
Gasoline should be stored in stored in a approved container, but should not be stored near a gas hot water heater, in your home, or in a carport or garage that is attached to your home.
Ashtrays should not be placed near anything in your home that is flammable.
Electrical extension cords should be in good shape and you should never overload a outlet by plugging multiple extension cords together to run multiple items, doing so could cause the extension cords to overheat and could cause a fire.
You should clean behind your dryer about every six months and check the discharge duct to insure the duct is not clogged to lower the chances of lint heating up and catching on fire.
Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your home, carport, garage or storage area, insure fire extinguishers are charged, expiration date on fire extinguisher is checked, and it is a class ABC type fire extinguisher.
Have a family meeting and insure all family members know where all fire extinguishers are located and how to use them.
In the kitchen, keep stove tops clear and clean, use pot holders instead of using towels to remove hot items off the stove heating element.
Never leave pots or pans on the stove top or in the oven unattended and never leave a control knob in the on position and leave the kitchen area thinking the pot or pan will not overheat and catch on fire.
Check to insure your stove vent hood is clean and free of grease buildup.
Discuss a escape plan about how get out of your home in case of a fire, discuss this escape plan with your children and others living in the home.
Discuss an alternate escape plan just in case the original escape plan is blocked by fire or fallen debris.
Have a meeting place outside the home at least fifty foot away, something like a big tree, power pole across the street, or a area everyone is familiar with.
Make sure you tell your children once they are at the meeting place, to never try to go back into the house to get the family pet, their favorite toy, or to see what mom or dad is up too.
Have a practice fire escape occasionally with your children and people living in the home to insure they know the escape plan and meeting place.
Keep a flashlight located in every room throughout the home and make sure everyone knows where the flashlights are located.
Teach your children their address and how to make a emergence call to a 911 dispatcher so emergency responders can find your home quickly in case of a fire, theft, or any other type of emergency situation.
You should have a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and you should change batteries about every six months in the device if it is battery operated.
Battery operated smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced about every ten years.
Test your battery operated smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors about once a month to insure they operate correctly.
If you have a detector or carbon monoxide detector wired into your electrical wiring in your home, you should still test it about once a month, to insure it operates correctly, also you should check to see if it has a battery backup just in case the power goes off.
Check all the windows and doors in your home to insure the windows and doors can be unlocked easily and opened easily from the inside the home.
Remember to think and practice fire safety in your home and never think a fire will never break out in your home where you and your family live.