Fire Safety and You – Top 10 Fire Safety Habits to Live By

Live a fire safe life-this is the constant tip of many firefighters and fire experts in this country. The only problem is that some people are just not aware on how to practice fire safety habits and how to avoid fire accidents that cause damages to properties and loss of lives.

The good news is that fire safety habits are simple and easy that anyone can make them a part of his daily life. To know the top habits to live by, here are the things that you should bear in mind:

1. Be careful in handling flammable and combustible materials.

You should always take the necessary precautions when handling anything that is flammable. Make sure you store them in a secure storage far from any combustible material.

2. Practice cautious cooking in the kitchen.

When cooking in the kitchen, it is advisable that you avoid wearing loose fitting clothing and that you always have a fire blanket or fire extinguisher ready in case of a grease fire. Never let children be involved with cooking tasks that involve the use of fire.

3. Keep fire starters and anything flammable out of children’s and pets’ reach.

Matches, lighters, and candles should be kept in places that children and pets cannot reach. Children are typically curious and if you are not careful, they can end up creating a big fire that can result in a tragedy.

4. Maintain electrical equipment properly.

As for electrical equipment, fire hazards include damaged electrical conductors, overloaded sockets and extension cords, faulty wirings, blown fuses, low quality electrical equipment, malfunction of electrical devices, and loose electrical connections.

Use only high quality electrical equipment and inspect them regularly to see any signs of defect or damage. If there is something wrong, have this repaired by a professional immediately. Avoid overloading sockets as well.

5. Use heating devices with care.

Heating devices especially space heaters that use gas and kerosene can start a fire if not used with proper precaution. Make sure you place them in a location that cannot be reached by children and that is far away from heat sources like furnace, stove or fireplace.

6. Know how to use fire safety devices.

It is essential to know how to use fire safety devices such as fire extinguishers, fire blankets, and fire hose so that when the time comes that there is a fire outbreak, you would know how to tackle a small incipient fire before it gets worse.

7. Learn what to do in case of fire.

Know the basic fire emergency procedures and share this knowledge with the rest of the family.

8. Do not leave burning candles unattended.

Candles should be put out before you leave or sleep. Place them in a location that is not near the window, sheets or curtains.

9. Douse cigarettes in water before disposal.

Smoking is another major cause of fires so it is necessary that you properly extinguish your cigarette before you dispose of it. Moreover, avoid smoking in bed and before you sleep.

10. Formulate a fire escape route for your home.

An escape route plan should easy and simple to understand and should be placed in every level of your home.

It is not that complicated to practice fire safety habits as long as you have the presence of mind and the determination to keep your family and home safe from a fire accident.

Rebecca R. Ammons

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