Protect your home

Information

 Fire prevention is more important than may realize. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 30,763 fires occurred in the first half of 2017. If you want to avoid being a part of this statistic, practice these general fire prevention practices to keep your home safe: 



  • Clear your home’s surroundings of debris and combustible materials.


  • Maintain your lawn and keep bushes and trees trimmed.


  • Use fire-resistant materials when building or updating your home.


  • Make sure your home has a fully functioning fire alarm system.


  • Keep a shovel and fire extinguisher in an easily accessible place.


  • Practice appropriate fire safety measures with campfires.


  • Prepare a fire safety plan.

Additional Information

 

Fire prevention strategies for your family

In addition to arming your home, you can employ a few fire safety strategies to keep your family protected.


  • Keep an outdoor water supply with easy access for firefighters: Leave plenty of room for fire trucks to enter and attach to a water supply, if necessary.


  • Prepare an emergency plan with your family: Make sure all family members know what to do and where to go if a house fire occurs. Include an alternate meeting location if your home becomes inaccessible.


  • Assemble an emergency kit: Emergency kits can make a world of difference if you have to evacuate your home. Make sure to include first aid items, bottled water, food, identification information, any necessary prescriptions, additional clothing, a flashlight (don’t forget extra batteries), and a spare credit card or money.


In the event of a house fire, your greatest asset is being prepared. Use these fire safety tips to help you prevent fires and keep your family protected..