What You Need to Know About House Fires

House fires can destroy homes and lives in the blink of an eye

Every year house fires claims the lives of hundreds of people across the United States. Sadly, many of these deaths might have been avoided if proper precautions had been taken. With the amount of knowledge out there on fire safety, there is no reason why we shouldn’t be prepared for such an accident. Nothing can be worse than waking up in the middle of the night to a smoked filled room. So do something about it! Below are some ways that your family can be prepared if a fire occurs in your home.

Four things that you can do to protect your family before and during a house fire

• Having a fire safety plan in place for your family is one of the best ways to keep your family safe. Decided on what to do in case of a fire and where your family should meet is one way to start a plan. Make sure that everyone in your family knows where the safety zone is, so that you can account for everyone and make sure they got out safe. Also, go over the exits of the home and make sure in the event of a fire that everyone knows where they are. Holding a fire drill a few times a year is a great way to put this plan into action before a fire breaks out. This dry run will have your family ready when the real thing happens.

• Making sure your smoke detectors are properly working is another way to keep your family safe from fire and smoke. Nothing can alert you faster than the loud beeping of a smoke alarm and this is vital especially while you are sleeping. Smoke inhalation normally over comes people far before the actual fire enters the room, that’s why having properly working smoke detectors can save your life. Some smoke detectors also come with a carbon monoxide monitor for added protection. For many years now, smoke detectors have been saving lives.

• Sometimes you can stop a fire from becoming a bigger problem by having a fire extinguisher handy. Small hand held models can be kept under the kitchen sink and is a great way to put out a fire that may result from cooking. But keep in mind that some fires like electrical and chemical fires will require a certain type of fire extinguisher, so make sure to read the label when purchasing the extinguisher. Having a couple of extinguisher placed around the house is a great way to put out small fires that can be handled by one person safely. After you put out the fire, make sure it doesn’t come back and to be sure you can always call your local fire department to have them inspect your home for hot spots.

• Another way to protect you, your home and the lives of your loved ones from fire is to install one of many home security systems. Not only will home alarm systems help to alert the fire department in case of a fire; it will help protect your family from break ins as well. With home security monitoring services watching your home, even when you are away it will be protected. Also, you can upgrade these systems with a home security camera so that you can keep a watchful eye on your home while you are away. This is a great way to also lower your homeowners insurance which can save you hundreds of dollars every year.

Now you know what to do before a fire breaks out in your home

Now that you know of at least four great ways to protect your home and loved ones from fire, why not sit the family down and start talking about what to do in case of a fire? Also, remember to go to your local home improvement store and pick up a few fire extinguishers. While you are there, pick up a few extra batteries for those smoke detectors as well. Nothing is more important than keeping your family safe, so why not call today and get a quote on a home security system that also offers fire monitoring services?