Is Your House Fire-Safe?
Posted On: Mar 16, 2015

If statistics are to be believed, 85% of all U.S fire-related deaths have occurred in homes; out of which, 37% happened in homes where there were no smoke alarms installed. Therefore, it is extremely important to be well-prepared in case of fire in order to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Why Are Smoke Alarms Important?

Smoke alarms serve the purpose of detecting smoke and alarming the people living in the space to take appropriate measures. Ideally, smoke alarms must be installed in every floor as well as corner of your home to ensure that you are aware of all the possible dangers. For safety purposes, regularly check smoke alarms to ensure they are operational.

It is best to interconnect all the smoke alarms in the house so that if one rings, all of them start ringing to make you alert. Here, the tip is that if your smoke alarm starts ringing, react instantly! Get out of your blanket and call 911 immediately for help!

Are Electrical Appliances Risky?

The modern house consists of all the latest electrical appliances; however, plugging multiple appliances into the same socket is hazardous. This overheats the appliance and can result in fire. Always try to plug only one appliance into one socket to ensure maximum safety and security.

Also, leaving the appliances plugged in can be extremely dangerous. Since the appliances have transformers in them, leaving them plugged in means that the current is still flowing even when turned off. Always unplug the appliance once you’re done with the work so the transformer doesn’t heat up excessively causing a fire.

Keep Corrosive Materials Away!

Keeping lit candles near curtains or fabric can spread fire ferociously! Items like candles, lighters, and matchsticks must be kept away from curtains and fabric to prevent fire. Also, never leave a burning flame neglected; especially when there are children around.

Kitchen – The Danger Zone

Kitchens are one place children must not be unsupervised. With electrical appliances, stoves, ovens, and flammable oils kept openly, kitchens can surely be one of the most fire-dangerous places in the house. In order to make your kitchen a safer place, follow the tips mentioned below:

  • Have a leak-free stove if its gas, in case of an electric stove, make sure that it is properly plugged in;

  • When cooking, try to avoid spilling oil or food at the rear area of the cooker;

  • Have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen;031615-3

  • To cope with oil fires, have a fire blanket within safe reach of the stove;

  • Store matches in a place where children do not have access.

The Garage

The garage is certainly one of the most overlooked places in the house. Garages usually consist of several flammable materials such as oil paints, petrol, gas grills, turp bottles, methyl spirits, etc. In order to keep your garage safe, store all these corrosive materials in appropriate containers; especially if you have a water heater inside the garage.

Dispose of any unused, flammable materials appropriately. Try to install a solid, self-closing door that separates your house from the garage. Above all, make sure your garage is equipped with a smoke alarm and fire extinguisher.  

Contact Info
San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association
8925 IH 10 West
San Antonio, TX 78230
(210) 699-9400


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