Did you know that most incidences of fire has happened at home? Based on statistics gathered by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, 47% of fire incidents with reported loss has occured in residential properties from 2009 to 2013 in Ontario.
So, what can you do to prevent a fire in your home and protect your family from it? Here, are some of the most useful tips to keep you safe from a potential fire.
Keep a check on those smoke alarms
The first and foremost thing you can do to prevent a fire is making sure that smoke alarms in your home are working properly. This could easily cut the risk of a possible fire in half. Some smoke alarms come with a long-life battery, but others need a battery replacement regularly. It is important to know and check what kind of smoke alarm you have.
Prepare an escape plan
What's worse than a fire is the confusion and panic it causes people. You should have an escape plan ready to help you leave as quickly and efficiently as possible. Most experts suggest that a fire escape should not take more than two minutes.
It is very important to have a fire extinguisher in your home or condo. This is one of the best line of defense once a fire breaks out. You can also keep handheld fire extinguishers which are easy to operate and store.
Getting serious with fire prevention
There are a lot of things that you can do to help you prevent a fire in your home. For those of you who love home maintenance tasks, you can install fire sprinklers. Moreover, fire resistant wood treatment and ensuring proper ventilation in your home are also important.
Ensure fire safety procedures are in place
Still, the best way to be safe from fire is to prevent one from happening. Here are some of the common practices that can further minimize your risk of having a fire at home.
- Make sure you turn off those flames after you have finished cooking.
- Extinguish those cigarettes before you dispose them. Also make sure to dispose them in an ashtray.
- Don't plug in too many devices in a single power socket.
- Don't let children or elderly people near matches or anything that can ignite.