Fire is one of the leading causes of death inside the home. Each year, approximately 3,500 Americans die in house fires. Another 18,300 are injured. There are many things that you can do to protect your home and loved ones from house fires.
Smoke alarms are an easy and inexpensive way to protect your family from injury in case of a house fire. Smoke alarms sound when smoke is sensed inside your home. You should have at least one smoke detector on every floor of your home, including your basement and attic. Additionally, install a smoke alarm outside of every bedroom.
It is important to educate your family - especially young children - on what to do in case of a fire. Plan an escape route and choose a safe meeting place in the event that your home must be evacuated. Teach young toddlers not to fear firemen by visiting a fire station and viewing the safety equipment that is used in fire rescues.
Know the condition of the electrical system in your home. Take the time to replace worn fuses, switches and wires. Have the system inspected by an experienced electrician. Install outlet covers if you have young children in your home. Do not overload your electrical system by using too many cords or plugs at one time. If you notice sparks, immediately unplug the appliance in question.
Most home fires are sparked by appliances. Check over your appliances frequently to ensure that all of the wires and plugs are in good working order. Immediately unplug an appliance if you see sparks or smell smoke or other strange odors. ?