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How To Create A Firesafe Home
How To Create A Firesafe Home
How To Create A Firesafe Home
How To Create A Firesafe Home
How To Create A Firesafe Home
How To Create A Firesafe Home
How To Create A Firesafe Home
How To Create A Firesafe Home
How To Create A Firesafe Home
How To Create A Firesafe Home
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How To Create A Firesafe Home

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Fire Safety experts share life-saving tips on how to fire proof your home.

Fire Safety experts share life-saving tips on how to fire proof your home.

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  • 1. How To Create A Firesafe Home
    • With a little planning, you can save your home and family from fire by knowing how fires start and how to increase your home fire safety.
  • 2. Common Ways Home Fires Start
    • Large appliances like clothes dryers or ovens, small appliances like hair dryers and toasters.
    • Overloaded electrical outlets, frayed or worn electrical cords, space heaters, and unattended fireplaces.
    • Candles, holiday decorations, and live Christmas trees.
  • 3. How To Firesafe Your Kitchen
    • Unplug items when not in use, including your toaster, coffee maker, blender, and more. Inspect the electrical outlets for the stove, microwave, and dishwasher.
    • Keep towels, curtains, and paper products away from hot burners.
    • Never place metal in a microwave.
  • 4. How To Firesafe Your Bedrooms
    • Turn off electric blankets, mattress pads, and space heaters before going to sleep.
    • Only use newer model space heaters with an automatic shut-off in case it overheats. Place space heaters away from curtains and other hazardous conditions.
    • Never smoke in bed or while lying on the couch to avoid the risk of falling asleep with a burning cigarette.
  • 5. How To Firesafe Your Bathroom
    • Make sure all small appliances are unplugged when not in use.
    • Purchase bathroom appliances with an automatic shut-off in case you forget to turn them off.
    • Keep towels away from heaters and appliances that heat up.
  • 6. How Fires Outside The Home Start
    • Wildfires
    • Gas line explosions
    • Improper trash or leaf burning
    • Careless storage of matches
    • Lightening strikes
    • And other natural causes
  • 7. Firesafe Outside Your Home
    • Create a clear space of 30 feet around your home by removing all flammable vegetation and wood piles.
    • Create a "fuel reduction zone" by alternating the planting of tall and short plants. Remove the plants underneath tall trees to stop the rapid movement of a fire.
    • Remove dead branches, leaves, and pine needles from your trees, gutters, and roof, making sure you have a 10 foot clearance between tree limbs and your chimney.
  • 8. Detectors And Extinguishers
    • Check your smoke alarms often and replace the batteries every six months. Place smoke detectors in living and sleeping areas.
    • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby to handle any small fires that pop up while cooking. Baking soda quickly extinguishes grease fires on top of the stove.
    • It is always a good idea to practice using a fire extinguisher before you actually need to.
  • 9. Safeguard Your Valuable Papers
    • Keep important papers like birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies, and bank account information in a fire-safe box.
    • A bank safety deposit box also works, but you have limited access in a disaster during non-business hours.
  • 10. Practice Makes Perfect
    • Practice 'stop, drop, and roll' so everyone knows what to do in case of fire.
    • Rehearse your exit plan from each room in your home. Purchase a fire escape ladder for two and three story homes. Designate a meeting spot far enough away to be clear of danger, like a neighbor's yard.
    • Show your children how to dial 911 so they are prepared in case of a fire or other emergency.

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