Preventing fire disasters should be a top priority when considering the safety and wellbeing of you and your home.
Keep reading to find out more about keeping yourself and your loved ones safe from fire disasters.
Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms
When a fire starts somewhere in your home, you want to be aware of it ASAP so that you can either put it out or get out safely. That’s where your smoke alarms come in; they can be your first indication that something is amiss and make all the difference when it comes to preventing fire disasters. Here are our tips for installing and maintaining your smoke alarms:
- Ensure you have fire alarms installed on every floor of your home, particularly inside and outside sleeping areas.
- Test your smoke alarms every month and replace batteries as necessary.
Establish a Fire Escape Plan
According to the American Red Cross, you may only have as little as two minutes to escape your home in some fire emergencies. That sobering statistic means that it is vital that you and your loved ones have a fire escape plan so that you can leave as soon as possible. The steps to creating a fire escape plan for your household are as follows:
- Gather the members of your house and walk through each room of your home, discussing all the potential exits and escape routes. Your plan should include at least two possible ways to escape each room in case one is blocked.
- Pick a meeting place for your household to gather after escaping the house. Ensure that it is easy to get to but far enough away from the burning home to be safe.
- Practice your fire escape plan until each member of your family can get out of the house in under two minutes. Practice yelling fire, crawling under smoke, and testing door handles.
Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year to keep it fresh in everyone’s minds, and update the plan as necessary.
Additional Fire Prevention Tips
More tips for fire prevention and safety include:
- Properly store flammable household items – Some everyday flammable household items include aerosols, nail polish remover, paint thinner, cooking oil, and flour. These items should be kept far away from an open flame and stored at room temperature in a safe location.
- Check your home appliances and wiring- Frayed or damaged wiring or faulty appliances can be a significant fire risk. Make sure to examine appliances and wiring regularly so that you can catch any irregularities before they become problems.
Contact Black Diamond Restoration
If you would like to learn more about preventing fire disasters, contact the experts at Black Diamond Restoration. We specialize in fire, water, mold, sewage, and storm damage, as well as biohazard cleanup. We offer 24/7 emergency services because we understand that disasters don’t just happen during business hours. So if your home has been damaged, call us today to schedule your service. We serve Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas in Utah.