At Kura Home, we hear a lot of stories about scary situations that could have been prevented in homes. One of them is house fires. There are thousands of house fires every year—15,000 from dryer vents alone! Recently, I was discussing work with a friend and he asked, “What’s the craziest thing you see when visiting homes?” I thought about the mice we get out of air ducts and neglected filters that we see with muck and mold, but the thing that really sticks with me is the fire hazards I’ve seen in many homes. Here are a few tips to safeguard your family in the unfortunate event of a fire and some tips to prevent fire hazards in your home:
Create a Plan
I hope you never have a fire in your home, but if you do, it’s important that you have a plan that will help you stay safe. Does your family have a plan? Even if you live with just one other person, sit down once a year and follow these tips to prevent, react, and escape.
Check out our blog on smoke alarms. Up-to-date smoke alarms are key in preventing a fire from spreading so that you can react accordingly. Does everyone in your family know what can cause a fire? Who can light a candle? Who can use the oven to make a pizza or cook something that causes grease? Going over these items and how to put fires out is a very important step in fire prevention.
I recommend having one fire extinguisher on every floor of your home at a minimum! A great spot to store them is under your bathroom and kitchen sink. In an emergency, you want to be able to know where they are and how to access one. Go over the instructions annually so that everyone knows how to use one and make sure the fire extinguisher in your kitchen can extinguish a grease fire.
A fire can happen anywhere in your home. Do you know the best way to get out of each room? Go over your escape route regularly. Where will you meet if there’s a fire? Will you go to the back yard? Front yard? Neighbors house? Pick a meeting spot and practice getting there from every room in the house. If there is a fire, a bad situation can turn worse if you think someone is in the house but they are actually across the street or in the backyard.
I hope that you never have an emergency in your home. If you do, being prepared is very important in keeping your family safe. At Kura Home, we maintain our clients’ homes to help avoid fire hazards. If you have any questions about preparing your home and family, call Kura Home at (612) 503-4050.