How To Prepare and Prevent a Home Fire
How to Prepare and Prevent a Home Fire
Below are a few handy tips to help you prevent home fires and keep your family safe.
Create a fire escape plan and practice – Make sure you practice your escape plan at least twice a year. Train all household members to know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
Electrical safety- Be sure to check your electrical cords regularly, and check that it does not run across doorways or under carpets that can lead to damage. Limit the number of plugs you have in an electrical outlet or power strip. Overloading an electrical outlet may not only trip a breaker, it could also start a fire.
Install the Right Smoke Detector- The most common smoke detectors have an alarming rate of failure. Some can take as much as 30 minutes to activate. Most smoke alarms found in the market are ionization smoke alarms. This type of alarm uses a small amount of radioactive material to ionize air in an internal sensing chamber. When smoke enters the chamber, the conductivity of the chamber air will decrease to a predetermined level, the alarm is set off. However, the ions can still flow through despite the particles in a real fire, such as black smoke, entering the chamber. These smoke alarms also have an expiration date so just because you change batteries regularly, the ions could have already expired.
Hero Fire Protection recommends using a photoelectric smoke alarm such as the OmniShield state-of-the-art smoke sensor because it will go off when black smoke is detected. Designed and engineered in the United States, OmniShield incorporates Texas Instruments micro-processors and RF modules to give your home a private network of wireless sensors, so if there is danger in one room, you are alerted in every room of the home. To learn more about this smoke detector, click HERE. Teach children and family members what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear it.
Candle hazard- Candles are a huge fire hazard if left unattended, especially around children. Switch to flameless candles if possible.
Involve the children– It’s never to early to teach fire safety habits to the young members of your family. Do not let your keiki (children) play with matches, lighters or candles and be sure to keep these items high up and away from the younger kids. Inform children that if a doorknob is hot, they should NOT open the door.
And show them how to crawl on their hands and knees if they see smoke.
Get a FREE home assessment – You may have the basics set up but it’s always helpful to have the experts help check your home to ensure your family’s safety.
Contact Hero Fire Protection for a free fire safety assessment for your home. We are a full-service fire protection company in Hawaii dedicated in educating families about the devastating effects of home fires and other home safety issues.
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