All homeowners should be proactive about fire safety. A house fire can spread in minutes, so it is important to take steps to prevent fires and be prepared in case one breaks out in your home. Use these four fire safety tips to help keep your property and your family safe.

Smoke Detectors are Necessary for Fire Safety

Smoke Detectors quickly alert you to smoke in the home. Install smoke detectors inside and outside of each bedroom and near the kitchen. Multi-level homes should have at least one detector on every floor. Test the device every month and change the batteries twice a year. The money you spend equipping your home with detection devices is worth it to keep your family, pets, and belongings safe.

Have Fire Extinguishers and Know How to Use Them

No matter what precautions you take, a fire may occur. Make sure family members know where your fire extinguishers are located and how to use them. Pay attention to the expiration date of each of the fire extinguishers and replace it before then.

Make a Fire Escape Plan

Create an escape plan with your family that includes at least two ways to escape from each room. Designate a place outside of your home to meet up. Practice your exit route a few times a year. Teach children how to call 911 for help after they have exited the house. This fire safety tip can make all the difference if a fire occurs in your home.

Be Mindful About Fire Safety Tips and Prevention

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent a fire. Make sure heat sources like chimneys and stoves are in proper working order. Have them serviced as recommended and talk to your service providers about fire safety tips. They can explain how to know if one of your heating sources is putting you at risk for a fire.

Don’t overload extension cords. Have an electrician check the wiring of your home to make sure that it’s in good condition. When grilling out, keep the grill at least 10 feet away from the house and other structures. Many fires start because a grill was underneath a covered area or too close to tree branches.

There are things you can do to prevent fires and be prepared if one occurs. By following the above fire safety tips, you’ll keep your home and family safe from a fire.

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