3 Fire Safety Basics for the Whole Family | SERVPRO® of San Gabriel
Were you aware that every year in the United States, more than 350,000 house fires occur, amounting to more than $5.5 billion in property damage? These fires are also responsible for almost 3,000 deaths and another 10,000 injuries.
Advance preparation is your best defense against a fire. The importance of every person in your family knowing how to prevent fires and how to respond if they occur cannot be understated.
Start by teaching your kids basic fire safety guidelines early in their life. Take a look, as a family, at three fire safety suggestions you can practice:
Plans should be in place in the event of a fire. Every family member needs to know that plan and what to do. This includes how to get out of the house and a safe place to meet once they’ve gotten out.
But don’t just create a plan and stop there.
Conduct fire drills on a regular basis. Practice makes perfect. This helps everyone remember the plan if an actual fire breaks out.
Would you be surprised if you were to take a look through your home and found fire hazards? Be sure to look through every room as well as your outdoor space checking for hazards.
- Appliances should be in good working condition.
- Electrical cords should not be frayed or damaged.
- Outlets and/or extension cords should not be “maxed out.”
- Proper wattage light bulbs should be used in light fixtures.
- Electrical wiring should not covered up by rugs or carpet.
Did you know cooking is one of the major causes of house fires? That’s why it’s important to be cautious in the kitchen.
All cooks should follow basic cooking safety rules:
- Never cook when tired or distracted.
- Kids and teens need to be supervised when they cook.
- Keeping a lid nearby when cooking with grease on the stove helps in the event of a grease fire. Should a small grease fire occur, use the lid to cover and smother it.
- Turn the oven off and do not open the door if the oven catches fire.
- If a kitchen fire is spreading, immediately leave the room, closing the door.
If your family has experienced a fire and needs help restoring your home, SERVPRO® of San Gabriel can help! Give us call to learn about our fire restoration services and what we can do for you.