Creating Family Safety Goals in 2019

Being prepared is key when it comes to protecting your family. Having an emergency plan will help you and your family feel confident if there is an emergency in your home. Home smoke detectors are a great first step to help protect your home, but creating a family safety plan and safety goals are important to help protect your home and family.


Preventative Safety Measures

Teach your children preventative measures they can take to help protect themselves from fires. In the kitchen, be sure all appliances are in proper working order and are unplugged when not in use.

While you are cooking, never leave the stovetop or oven unattended. A skillet or pot could easily overrun and catch fire. Additionally, be sure there is nothing surrounding the stove while it is in use. Also ensure a dish towel or food scraps that are too close to the burner are potential fire hazards.

Additionally, never leave lit candles or fire places unattended. It is important to be present near an open flame, because then you will be aware if anything happens for the fire that could cause a dangerous situation. It is also important to regularly check all vents and furnaces, this way you home is operating as safely as possible. Home smoke detectors are important in detecting a fire or smoke early and alerting you to the danger. Each home should have smoke alarms installed on every level, in every bedroom, and outside every sleeping area of the home. Smoke alarms should be tested every month to make sure they are working properly.

Finally, keep a fire extinguisher in your home at all times. Read the directions to be sure you know how to use it and regularly check its expiration so in the event of a small fire, you have a working fire extinguisher and know how to use it.


Map Your Home

You know your home inside and out, but do you know how to navigate your home if there is a fire? Make escape planning a whole family affair by drawing out maps for how to escape your home if there is a fire. Be sure to define multiple paths in case a fire is blocking one of the exits.

Be aware of potential obstacles in the way. Is there a plant or a chair that could obstruct your pathway? Being aware potential hazards will keep you prepared in case of a fire. Be sure to Consider special accommodations for small children, elderly and pets when creating your escape plan.


Practice Your Plan

Along with testing your home smoke detectors, schedule a practice of your plan at least twice a year. Knowing you have a plan in place in the event of an emergency will not only give you piece of mind, but it will also provide confidence in the event there is a fire or home emergency.