Keep safe in the event of a home fire with products that detect, extinguish and provide escape from hazardous situations.
Chimneys aren’t the only potential fire hazard in the home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, “Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.” More than 2,500 people died in home structure fires in 2011. But safe practices, such as installing working smoke alarms, planning escape routes, monitoring cooking appliances while in use and placing portable heaters away from flammable items, can help reduce the number of deaths and injuries related to home fires.
Safe practices can help reduce the number of deaths and injuries related to home fires.
In addition to educating yourself on best practices around the home, such as monthly testing of smoke alarm systems, there are a number of emergency-preparedness products that can aid in safety. Here are a few to consider:
Electrical fires can be deadly and cause significant damage to homes, especially those that are more than 50 years old. Help reduce the risk of fire ignition with Safer Socket.
The product retrofits to existing grounded outlets to monitor the temperature of the plugs. A green light on the product indicates that an appliance is plugged in and energized; a red light indicates that the outlet is overheating and the appliance has been turned off. Users can reset the device once the outlet has had time to cool.
The product retails for $19.99 each.
Two out of every five home fires between 2007 and 2011 started in the kitchen, reports the National Fire Protection Association — most of which were the result of cooking. Customers can stop fires right where they start — in the pan — with Japan Fire Protect’s Stick Out.
The stick features potassium carbonate to help extinguish flames caused by cooking. All users need to do is place the stick into the pan from a safe distance, wait until the flames go out and then clean up the mess.
The National Fire Protection Association notes that residents today may have only three minutes to get out of their homes, based on floor plans and furniture placement, in the event of a fire, so planning is a must for safe, speedy evacuations.
Homeowners with bedrooms on an upper level can benefit from an escape ladder in each bedroom to make sure occupants can climb out quickly. Improvements Catalog sells both two- and three-story escape-ladder models, featuring steel treads and nylon straps for a durable product that’s easy to store.