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2 Life-Saving, Home Fire Safety Steps You Need to Do Now to Prepare Your Family Ahead of This Holiday Season

Nothing can put a parent's mind at ease than by knowing that their family is safe from any harm in any holiday season.

That is why when emergencies or accidents strikes, a parent's heart may get shattered and broken.

But there is no need to allow that to happen.

The key is always to be prepared and know what prevention strategies to make. One of the scariest emergencies that a family may experience in a holiday season is a fire emergency. Fire is one of the leading calamities that take away the many lives of people all over the world. Many things cause the breakout of flame. Some are through unfortunate mishaps, while others are from negligence. So if you do not want to be victimized by this dreadful misfortune, the best way to fight it is to know home fire safety.

It is common for homeowners to check their fire and smoke detectors in the spring and the fall when the time changes. As that time approaches, other things can be done in your home to make it and your family safer. Numerous inexpensive and potentially life-saving precautions can be taken, starting today, to prevent a fire in your home.

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a house fire because they provide an early warning and give persons extra seconds to get out of the home. Even though 96 percent of households have at least one smoke alarm, 19 percent have at least one smoke alarm that does not work properly, usually due to missing or dead batteries. Using the time change that occurs twice a year in most parts of the country to remind you to change your batteries is a smart move to make and may save your life.

It is not only the right time to change your smoke alarm batteries but also a time to learn about fire safety in general. Comprise a home fire safety checklist. It only takes a few minutes and will immediately make your home and family safer.

Fire Safety Steps In Your Home-What are the Basics

General Fire Safety is an important habit that every household should practice.

- Install smoke alarms and test them once a month (pick a day, such as the first of each month).

- Change the batteries regularly - many experts recommend changing your smoke alarm batteries twice a year - when you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time, and back.

- Have a dry or foam fire extinguisher in your kitchen. Check the expiration date to be sure it is current. Consider installing domestic sprinkler systems - they can be a life saver.

- Have an evacuation plan in case of a fire. Practice the plan.

Bear in mind too that in any emergency it is vital that your ability to think clearly and focus remains intact. Teach your family not to panic but to concentrate on the task of escaping to safety. It is even advisable that you regularly practice a fire drill in your home to ensure that every family member knows the escape plan.

Here are items you should be checking for heating hazards:

- Combustible items such as clothes and curtains should be away from heaters and stoves

- Test heating units every year

- Heating devices should be Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved

- Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level and outside of the bedrooms

Using this checklist can help to ensure that you have done all of the simple and affordable things you can to keep you and your family safe from a fire in your home

Make sure that everyone in the family knows what they should do in case there is a fire. Practice fire drills to make sure that everyone will know what to do, where to go and where to meet up if ever there was a fire emergency. Let them know where the fire blankets are and what the best fire escape routes in the house are.

Get your whole family to attend a fire safety training. Other than supplying the house with fire blankets, alarms, and extinguishers, this may be the best investment that you can do to make sure that your family would be safe in case there is a fire. Professional firefighters will teach you and your family fire safety tips and strategies that you could do at home. It will also teach them to be more responsible around the house to prevent a fire from breaking out.

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