How to Prevent Fire: 4 Foolproof Tips You'll Be Thankful You Heeded

fireman putting out house fire

Did you just move into a new home? Whether you've changed addresses, added a new member to your family, or just want to keep safety at the forefront, you may have fire prevention on your mind.

You may not be at risk of the same damage, destruction, and loss as something like the great Chicago Fire of 1871, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take measures to protect what matters most to you.

Regardless of your reasons, there are a number of practical things you can do to help prevent fires.

Today, we're going to show you how to prevent fire with four foolproof tips.

1. Install Smoke Alarms, Check Batteries

Smoke alarms are the equivalent of white noise in the world of safety.

Everyone's got them and every house (usually) comes with them already installed, so why even think twice about it?

Not only should you make sure you have smoke alarms installed, but you should also make sure they're installed correctly and that batteries are fresh.

Make sure that your smoke alarms are installed on every level of your house. Especially check that smoke alarms are installed outside of every area where a family member might sleep.

Check that all smoke alarm batteries are new. If you hear that incessant chirping, don't chalk it up to a minor inconvenience!

2. Keep Flammable Objects Safe

A business that deals with highly flammable liquids, such as gasoline, needs to be extra careful by utilizing fire protection tanks.

In that same fashion, you need to make sure that anything flammable (or that could start a fire) is safe and secure.

This means things like candles, matches, or lighters need to be stored up high or locked away.

Not only that, you should make sure to keep your laundry room in mind. Dryer fires are more common than you think. Don't run the dryer at night while you sleep and make sure you monitor children if they are near or play around it.

3. Add a Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguishers aren't just for firefighters.

If a fire is large enough, you don't want to be fighting it yourself, but you may need one anyway. Fire extinguishers can help you put out small fires before they grow out of hand and they can help provide you a quick exit if you're trapped.

Be sure to have one in multiple rooms, such as the closet of your bedroom, the kitchen, and garage.

4. Make a Fire Escape Plan

Just the same as with driving and safety, not everything is going to be your fault, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared.

A fire safety plan will guarantee that everyone, including children, knows to get out of the house safely as soon as possible and go to a secure location and call for help.

Learning How to Prevent Fire

You don't need to be a firefighter to know how to prevent fire and protect yourself and your family.

Hopefully, these four tips gave you some fire safety ideas to put in place or discuss with your loved ones.

If you're interested in more safety guidelines and how-to's, check out our safety and emergency articles!

 

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