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Fire Safety Tips for You and Your Family

Many people don't realize how important fire safety is until it's too late. We might become comfortable and too easily implement the mindset of "that didn't occur to me" when we don't consider residential fires because they don't affect our daily lives. But all it takes to put us at risk and ruin our lives is one mishap in the kitchen or the fireplace. In light of this, we have put together advice on the greatest measures we can take to guarantee that everyone exits safely.

  • Ensure your home has functioning smoke alarms on every floor, in the bedroom, and close to sleeping areas. Make sure the smoke alarm is working and repair it if the battery is low or every ten years.
  • Keep your eyes on the stovetop or oven. Dishcloth and wooden spoons are examples of items to keep away from your burner. Check to make sure that it's turned off after usage. 
  • Plug in small equipment only when it's necessary. When not in use, make sure to disconnect gadgets like toasters, toaster ovens, and slow cookers etc.
  • A minimum of 12 inches should be left between candles and anything that may burn. Before you go to bed or when you leave the room, blow them off.
  • Never allow children to play with lighters or matches. Always keep them out of young children's reach and sight.
  • Select the appropriate wood for your campfire. In your fireplace, only burn dry, seasoned wood; don't burn rubbish.
  • Make and test a fire escape strategy. Make a fire escape plan for your house with two exits for each room (e.g. a window and a door). Pick a location that is far enough from your house to be safe.
  • At least twice a year, perform a home fire drill. Your family should practice a home fire drill both throughout the day and at night. Learn to flee in less than two minutes. Sometimes, that will be all the time you have to securely leave the house.
  • Delegate the task of removing infants and small children from the house to one person. In the event that the primary caregiver is unable to assist, have a fallback person available to assist young children.
  • Older kids should be taught how to use their fire escape route. If there is a fire when they are out of the house, make sure they understand to "get low and go." Teach them how to unlock doors, take off screens from windows, and open windows as needed.

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