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Home Fire Safety 101


home fire safety 101

There are a few concepts that are absolutely vital when it comes to safety for the entire family in any home, and fire safety is at or near the top of any such list. While fires in the home are unlikely, they are incredibly dangerous if they do take place - knowing how to prevent these risks, plus how to respond in the unlikely event they do happen, is important for the safety of everyone in the home.


At Incognitoes, we proudly offer a wide range of fire extinguisher products and decorative covers, aiding numerous clients in staying safe from any fire risks around their homes. Here are some basic tips on fire safety 101 around the home, including both extinguishers and other important products or approaches.


Proper Fire Extinguisher Placement and Understanding

Because fire extinguishers serve as the main defense against any fire risks in a home, it’s essential to ensure they are properly placed and ready for use at all times. Every family member should be trained on how to operate these extinguishers (including children of appropriate age), plus understand what type is best for each kind of fire.


Furthermore, all homes need fire extinguishers on every floor and in specific rooms. The kitchen should have one, too, plus any other places that tend to accumulate heat (like a garage).


Smoke Alarms

Another essential for home fire safety is proper placement of smoke alarms, which are responsible for alerting the family in case of an active fire. These should be on every floor and in every bedroom (plus any other rooms you may frequently use).


You can also purchase wireless interconnection options, which helps all smoke alarms go off at once if one does sound. This allows all individuals in the house to hear and react to the alarm, especially when seconds count.


Regular checks of smoke alarms ensures they are in working order and will alert the family of any fire risks.


Fire Escape Plan                                        

Especially when it comes to family and children's fire safety, a fire escape plan is crucial. Make sure all family members are familiar with the plan and understand what to do in case of an emergency.


This includes having a designated meeting spot outside, far enough from the house, and ensuring everyone knows how to contact emergency services if needed. You can also practice this plan regularly so that everyone knows exactly what to do in case of a fire.


Keep Children Prepared - But Don't Scare Them

When discussing children's fire safety with any kids in the house, it's important to prepare them for situations they may face without instilling fear. Make sure they know what to do in case of a fire, but avoid creating an overwhelming sense of danger that could cause unnecessary anxiety or panic.


For instance, teach them how to stop, drop and roll in case their clothes catch fire, but also remind them that it's unlikely to happen if they follow your safety guidelines.


Pet Considerations

Another family member to think about during home fire safety is your pets. In case of an emergency, you'll need a plan for what to do with them and how to keep them safe as well. If they are in crates or cages, ensure they are near the door and ready to be grabbed quickly in case of an evacuation.


Additionally, it's important to have pet-friendly fire safety products, such as window decals to alert

emergency responders of pets inside or pet oxygen masks.


General Fire Prevention

Of course, the single top element of fire safety involves stopping fires from happening altogether. This includes careful use of candles, holiday lights and any other items that involve fire or heat. Keep flammable items away from heat sources, too, like a furnace or space heaters.


Lastly, make sure cigarettes are disposed of properly in designated ashtrays if you smoke inside the house - and be mindful that certain common household chemicals are highly flammable, too.


Don't wait until it's too late to prepare yourself and your family for fire safety - take the necessary steps today to ensure everyone is protected in case of emergency. At Incognitoes, we are dedicated to providing the best products and services for home fire safety, so check out our fire extinguisher products and other resources to stay safe in your own home.

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