FEMA reports that each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States, with direct property loss due to home fires estimated at $7.3 billion annually. Most home fires can be prevented. Here are some ways to prevent fires.
1.Install smoke alarms outside of every bedroom and on every level of your home. It should be properly installed and maintained. According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.
2.Never overload circuits or extension cords, electrical fires could result. Inspect outlets and power cords on a regular basis.
3.Chimneys should be inspected annually.
4.When using space heaters, allow enough room between the device and items such as clothing or flammable liquids.
5.Do not leave pans on an open flame unsupervised, most residential fires begin in kitchens.
6.If you must smoke, do it outdoors. Cigars and cigarettes common culprits of fires.
7.Instead of standard candles, consider flameless, they provide the same functions, but are a lot safer.
Get an alarm system. In order for home security systems to actually work, they must be turned on! If you are unable to afford an alarm system, consider home alarm stickers for your windows and signs for your yard.
Lock your windows and doors. This may be obvious, but it is important to secure your home by utilizing locks. Also, don’t leave your garage door open.
Don’t advertise you’re not at home. Arrange for mail to be held at the post office and cancel your paper delivery.
Install motion sensors. Lights that are triggered by movement may deter an intruder who is lurking around outside.
Get to know your neighbors. Alert neighbors to be vigilant when you’re out-of-town.
Set your timers. Lights should be on a timer, so your home is well-lit even if you’re not there.
Trim shrubs and trees around your home. Any overgrown brush provides a place for an intruder to hide.
Don’t have valuables in plain sight. A purse on a kitchen counter or a nice watch on the coffee table can be very tempting to an intruder.