As the wise Benjamin Franklin once said: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure.” What’s true in general is most certainly true about yourself and fires within your home. Here are some quick and easy steps that you can take to give yourself an ounce of prevention.

  • Make sure your home is adequately covered by smoke detectors, like the state-of-the-art ones manufactured by Crossfire.
  • Electric fires are all too common. So make sure that you’re not overloading outlets or power strips. If you detect a strange odor or see sparks coming from any of your electrical appliances, unplug them and have them serviced.
  • If you have a fireplace, make sure that you’re having the chimney cleaned annually. Buildup of creosote in the chimney can cause dangerous and deadly fires.
  • Make sure that you and your family have an escape plan in case of the worst. In this plan, make sure to have at least two ways of exiting any given room. If you and your family know what to do, it’ll be easier not to panic if disaster strikes.
  • If you have children, make sure that you educate them about the dangers inherent in fire. Don’t let their natural curiosity become the ruin of your home and welfare!
  • Did we mention smoke alarms? We did? Well, make sure that you’re properly maintaining them, too! Test every month to make sure their batteries are charged and that they sound correctly. Don’t let negligence be the difference between life and death.

Hopefully by following these guidelines, you’ll be able to adequately protect your family and keep a fire catastrophe from becoming an ultimate tragedy.

(Source: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/)