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Home Fire Preparedness: The Basics

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

two red fire extinguishers Implementing a plan that combines the three areas of fire preparation can give you the best edge against structure and property damage.

Home Fire Preparedness: The Basics

No one thinks a fire will happen in their home, yet emergency services respond to over 300 thousand residential fires each year. The potential for fire to cause catastrophic damage makes fire preparation essential for homeowners. If you are interested in creating or improving your plan, this discussion about the three general categories of fire preparedness may help you.

Fire Prevention

A solid prevention plan can be your best strategy for addressing fire risk in your Woburn, MA home. Consider these preventive measures.

Maintaining your furnace annually, and changing filters monthly
Inspecting natural-gas lines for leaks annually
Inspecting your electrical system annually
Cleaning gas dryer vents and heat vents annually
Making sure lit smoking implements and candles are always attended
Keeping your cooking range free of grease

Your local fire restoration specialist will generally be happy to visit your home to make additional preventive suggestions specific to your structure and environment.

Early Detection

No amount of home fire preparation completely eliminates risk. If you do have a fire, early detection is crucial for minimizing injury and property damage. Your smoke detectors provide this important function, by sounding as soon as smoke is detected. To ensure proper operation, it is recommended that every six months you change smoke detector batteries and vacuum the outside of each unit, which will clear any lint or dust.

Fire Readiness

Your ability to respond quickly to a fire is key. More time can mean more damage. If your home is equipped with fire sprinklers, your readiness level is very good. For small fires, a fire extinguisher may be effective, as long as you have pre-read the instructions and can operate it properly. Placing several extinguishers in key locations works well. Having quarterly fire drills is also strongly recommended so that your family is aware of fire safety and knows how to evacuate in a fire emergency.

Proper planning can mean you and your family never have to face the life-altering experience of a home fire.

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