Fire Safety tips

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 05:37 - Amey Bester

You may think your home is the safest place for you and your family but the majority of accidents that injury or even kill are far more likely to happen in the home. One of the more deadly culprits is the common house fire. The devastating effects a house fire can have on your life, even if no one is injured, can linger for years, both financially and emotionally.

To safe guard those who mean the most to you follow these easy steps and you will decrease the risk of fire immensely:

Smoking – Smokers cause a huge amount of house fires every year and it all starts with that tiny burning ember at the end of a cigarette or inside a pipe. The best thing for everyone would be not to smoke at all but if you have to, try to do it outside of the home far from any highly flammable soft furnishings. But beware of the flammable materials outside too such as leaves and twigs. Make sure everything is extinguished properly.

Electrical Appliances – Many appliances are fairly safe and are designed to stay on standby for most of their lifetimes. But you never know how safe your appliances are, many may be faulty but if you maintain your smoke alarms  to optimum efficiency you should be awoken if there is an issue.

• Chip Pans – Not as many people have chip pans in the home anymore as newer, safer home fryers have come on the market. If you do have a chip pan though be extremely vigilant and keep a fire blanket in the kitchen at all times.
 

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