Fires are scary. There are many naturally occurring fire-related hazards that if starts in our home we may be left with hardly two minutes to escape. Examples of fire-related hazards falls into two categories: natural (occurs due to thunderstorm/tornado) and non-natural (occurs due to grease fires and electrical fires.
What to do to avoid the fire incidents?
Early warning from a smoke plus a detailed fire escape plan could save lives but there are also some additional fire safety tips we must follow to keep our family safe. Read below:
- After preparing a fire escape plan, discuss with other family members. Talk with loved ones about the plan and practice it twice a year.
- For the best protection of one’s beautiful home, a homeowner must install smoke alarms outside every sleeping area and on every level of a home.
- Test smoke/fire alarms every month to check if the battery is working properly. Sometimes battery goes down if not used for a long time. Also, it is advisable to invest in alarms that have 10-year battery life.
- Don’t forget to turn off the power in case of water damages home either due to flood or other reason.
- Keep flammable and combustible liquids away from heat sources
- Keep all wires in a safe place. Any underground wires may be electrically charged, so maintain a safe distance.
- Use a gas-powered generator outside the home. Keep it in a safe place.
- Leave the house immediately if there is gas leakage.
- Avoid over plugging or overloading extension cords.
- Make sure to turn off the heaters off when leaving the room. Also never leave candles blown while sleeping.
- Never use the kitchen stove to heat the home.
- Don’t play with lighters and matches.
- Don’t let children come near to gas generators, stove burners, heaters or candles.
- Have a fire extinguisher in different areas of a home, especially in the kitchen and make sure every person in the home know how it works.
- If a person is living in an apartment or condo, he or she must know all of the building’s fire escape exits. Never use the elevator and always use stairs to get out.
- Hire a certified professional to check electrical and gas systems.
- In the case of fire: GO OUTSIDE! DON’T HIDE inside the home. Likewise, NEVER hide under beds or in closets.
Learn about Homeowners Insurance Coverage
For every homeowner, it is essential to have homeowners insurance so in case of fire he or she must be able to recover the loss.
5 Common Elements of Best Homeowners Insurance
Read carefully about the insurance coverage that falls under the following categories.
- Replacement cost
- Contents coverage––including personal belongings.
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