I wanted to give some tips on preventing fires in homes, as many lives can be saved with a few simple steps. I must add that I am not a fireman but have had fire/first aid training on a company emergency response team. Much of the content here is from research and you can see my sources at the end of the article. If you want to learn how to make a fire escape plan for your home then click this link.
Over 5,000 people die and 25,000 are injured in fires in the United States each year according to Firehouse.com. The site has put together some statistics you can see but what jumps out at me is this. The stats show that the kitchen is the starting point for most fires.
Preventing Kitchen Fires
I started a fire in my oven once because I was too lazy to clean it and the grease caught on fire. Being a young man at the time I didn’t have the experience to put the fire out correctly and almost let it spread.
Keep your appliances clean in the kitchen, grease and food particles are fuel for any fire that may start in your kitchen. Grease fires can also be difficult to put out and spread easily. To learn more about preventing cooking fires click this link.
Preventing other fires in the home
Make sure any portable heaters you may use are in good working condition. Personally I don’t use any that have to have fuel pored into them unless the power is out. Storing the fuel safely is important if you do use them. Read the safety instructions on the container that the fuel comes in.
Don’t leave your portable heater unattended if you can avoid doing that. Also never leave any combustible material near any heaters, candles, or lanterns. The holidays bring fires as well as good cheer to homes. Make sure your Christmas tree is well watered (if a live tree) and does not get dry. I usually buy new lights for my tree every year rather than use an old set.
Another fire prevention tip is to make sure the wiring in your home is up to par. I live in a mobile home and the wiring is my major fire concern. Hddfiresafe.com says many fires in manufactured homes are caused by heating and electrical system malfunctions and improper storage of combustibles. So please have your home’s heating/cooling system checked once a year by somebody in the business. It would also behoove you to have the wiring in the home inspected by an electrician; it is cheaper than having your home burn down and killing your family.
Keep your home clean!
You need to keep your home as clean and uncluttered as possible. The more stuff laying around, the more fuel there is for a potential fire. A small fire is easier to possibly contain if it does not have a readily available fuel source nearby. Escape from a fire is also easier if you are not dodging a bunch of junk lying around on your floors.
I hope these home fire prevention tips are helpful. Please check out the websites listed under sources, below. Those sites have some great detailed information that you can use in regards to fire safety.