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No one wants to think that a fire will break out in their home and home fire safety can sometimes be forgotten about. Unfortunately, fires occur in homes all the time and it’s important that everyone in your home knows what to do if a fire breaks out. It’s also essential to know how to prevent a fire from happening in the first place.

Home fire safety tips


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Talk to your family about an escape plan if a fire were to ever break out in your home. Know where you’d escape from and where you’d meet everyone once you’re out.

Ensure that all of your smoke alarms work. In over 60% of house fire deaths, the families did not have working smoke alarms.


Keep flammables away from anything that gets hot or could cause a spark.

Never smoke in your home.

Ensure that your children know the dangers of a fire. Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of your children.

Do not leave candles unattended. In fact, battery-operated candles might be more ideal in homes with younger children.

Make sure that you have smoke alarms on all levels of your home – better yet in every room. You can even get smoke alarms where you can record your own voice, prompting your children to leave the home.

Test your smoke alarms once a month. If they don’t work, replace the batteries.

Practice your escape plan from your home at least twice a year. Practice waking up to smoke alarms and practice your low crawl to help prevent smoke inhalation.

Make sure that everyone knows how to dial 911 and what to tell them. (Address, name, and what the emergency is)

Ensure that everyone knows what to do if they were to ever catch on fire. (Stop, drop, and roll) Having a fire blanket in the home would be another great way to extinguish a fire if someone were to catch on fire.

Have two ways out. If door handles are warm, do not open the door. This means that there is a fire directly on the other side. Try your other escape route.

If smoke, heat, or flames prevent you from escaping, place a wet towel underneath your door. This will prevent the fire from spreading into your room. Dial 911 and stay by a window. Signal for help from there too.

When escaping from your home, ensure that you’re being as quick as possible. Most times, you only have about two minutes to escape. Don’t stop for anything… even pets.

Fire Safety Tips for the home


Don’t leave the food you’re cooking on a stove unattended. If you do have to leave the kitchen, do not leave the food cooking; turn off the stove until you come back and finish cooking.

Keep all flammables away from the stove. This includes oven mitts, hand towels, clothing, and plastic.

Keep your pets off of the stove and counters. This will help prevent anything from falling onto the burners and catching fire.

Fires are very scary and cause a lot of damage. Remember to stay calm and call for help. Know how to stay safe if a fire ever happens within your home. It’s important that you know all of the safety tips so that you have the best chance of survival.

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