If a fire erupts in your home, you could have as little as two minutes or less to safely escape. Prevention is the most important approach you can take when it comes to fire safety in the home. At First Alert, you and your family’s safety are our number one priority, and we want to help prepare you for home fires in every way possible. We do this by providing some of the best home smoke alarms on the market. Here are a handful of ways to prepare your home for a fire that you can implement immediately.
Install Smoke Alarms
Having the proper number of smoke alarms in your home is your first line of defense in catching fires in the earliest stage possible. In addition, every bedroom should have at least one smoke alarm in it and sleeping areas should have at least one outside of it as well. For example, if you have a 2-story, 3-bedroom house, you should at least have five smoke alarms, and you should plan on testing alarms at least every month to ensure the batteries still work. First Alert has been making smoke alarms since 1958, and you can put your trust in all our smoke alarms to keep your family safe.
Beware of Smoking Materials
Did you know that smoking materials are the leading cause of residential fire death in the United States? If you smoke cigarettes or cigars, make sure that you always smoke outside and choose cigarettes that are fire-safe. Never smoke when you are in your bed or when you are drowsy or medicated. Once you are done with the cigarette or cigar, put it out in a sturdy ashtray and get it wet with water before disposing of it.
Always take the necessary steps to educate your children about fire safety. Teach them how dangerous fires can be and how easily they can be started. It is important for them to learn stop, drop and roll in the case of a fire, and this can help them feel more prepared. Make sure to keep matches and lighters out of reach and explain that they are not toys and can be very dangerous.
Other fire prevention tips include blowing out candles when you are not in the same room as them, keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet from things that produce heat, never leave a stove or oven unattended, and turn off portable heaters when they are not being used.