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.
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 anemergency planwith 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..