Fire Prevention in the Home

It won’t be long until we’re hanging Christmas lights and lighting our fire places. Some may have fire pits in the back yard. There is a lot more cooking and a lot more activity. Winter really is the most wonderful time of the year!

But all the activity also brings with it an additional need for fire safety and precaution in the home. Make sure you and your family take extra time this season to discuss fire prevention in your home.

Tips for Fire Safety

  • Make sure you have fire alarms on each level of your home, especially near sleeping areas.
  • During the holiday season, check all light strands for frayed or damaged wire. Do not use any appliances or hang any lights with damaged cords.
  • Test your alarms and change batteries at least twice a year. A good reminder is to switch the batteries when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.
  • Talk with your family about safety and escape plans. Teach children how to find the main exits and what to do if those exits are blocked.
  • If there is a fire, remember to get out, stay out, and never return back into a burning building.

Cooking Fire Information

  • Cooking fires are the number one cause of residential fires.
  • Never leave food unattended, especially food that is frying or boiling.
  • If you are simmering or baking food, set a timer so that you do not forget to regularly check on it.
  • Clean surfaces regularly to avoid buildup of grease.
  • Consider purchasing a kitchen friendly fire extinguisher. If there is an accident, the last thing you want to do is to panic about forgetting what is safe to put on electrical fires.
  • Check the kitchen (stove, appliances, oven) each night before bed to ensure everything is turned off or unplugged.

Tips for Children in the Home

  • Keep matches, lighters, and other flammables away from children. (Take an extra moment especially during the holiday season when fireplace matches and candles are more prevalent.)
  • Teach your children to recognize the sound of the smoke alarm and how to immediately respond.
  • Take your children to visit the fire station and to meet firefighters. In case of an emergency, you don’t want them to be scared of those trying to help.

It only takes a few moments to plan and be prepared in case of an emergency. Please take those extra few moments each day to significantly reduce the chances of residential fires.

These tips and more can be found on the Red Cross website.