Fire safety is always one of the top concerns on every home owner’s priority list. How should I best prepare my family for a fire? What are some of the best ways to prevent a fire from getting out of control? What are some of the biggest causes for home fires? The Loken Group has teamed up with the Cypress Fire Department to provide you a list of the best fire safety tips!
Fire alarms are central to every fire prevention system, but just having one isn’t enough. You must have at least one on every level of your home, inside and outside of sleeping areas. It is also important to have them interconnected throughout your home so that you are always alerted to a fire wherever you may be in your home.
On top of just having a fire alarm, you should test your alarms once a month and replace the batteries once a year. If your alarm system is 10 years old, they would need to be replaced.
Installing residential sprinklers are the best way to put out or control the fire before the fire department arrives. Once you’ve installed the sprinklers, the only maintenance you need to do is to make sure that there is nothing blocking the sprinklers and that the main water valve is on.
Have An Escape Plan
Having an escape plan is one of the most important ways to ensure that your family is prepared in the event of a fire. Map out all the doors and windows in your house and educate your family on the multiple ways you can take to leave every room. You should also decide on a meeting point outside the house.
Once you’ve decided on an escape plan, make sure that your family learns it and practice it twice a year.
Being alert is the best way to prevent a fire from getting out of control and ensuring that your family is safe. Stay in the kitchen when cooking, make sure space heaters are turned off before you leave the room, keep flammables at least 3 feet away from any source of an open flame, and keep lighters in a locked cabinet out of the reach of children.
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