10 Tips on fire safety at home – Avoiding the danger

Fire safety in the home

Fire is a realistic danger everywhere; a danger not only for the property but even more important, danger for the health and well-being of family members. This is the reason why it is so important to be prepared and to know how to react if a fire starts in your home.

Counter the danger

1) First and most important thing to do is to contact professionals (fire department) to prepare evacuation plan in a case of fire in your home.

2) Remove everything you don't need (and that presents fire hazard) from your home. These are stored flammable items such as old magazines, paint tins, thinner, old furniture and clothes, etc.

3) Keep fire evacuation path clean and unobstructed from anything, because this is only safe way for you and your family members to exit home in fire.

4) Learn to use fire extinguisher-and make sure that all family members know how to use it, because when the fire starts you will not have the time to read the manual.

5) Teach your children how to call 911 in a case of fire in your home.

6) If you notice a smoke or a fire in your home, call 911 right away and never assume that someone has already contacted fire department.

7) If you notice fire during the night and don't have a fire alarm, instantly yell "Fire!" to wake up everyone in your home and then contact 911 and provide specific info about location of your home.

8) If the fire is located in one room of your home, close the door of this room and run to turn off the electricity. Contact 911 and evacuate family members from the house. If the fire is smaller then try to burn it down yourself. If the fire is larger and more intensive, leave home closing all the doors behind you. If you don't close doors behind you, fire will quickly spread around your home thanks to the fresh air circulation.

9) When evacuation, it is important to gather all family members in the same room because children could try to hide due to panic. Only when everyone is gathered together you should go outside.

10) When evacuating from home, be prepared to meet thick smoke and heat so if there is time, put on shoes with thick sole, coat and wet cloths over nose and mouth.

In many cases, fire starts because of poor installations or because of cigarettes that were not put out properly. It is thus mandatory to occasionally, but on a regular basis, check the condition of installations in your home, both electrical and water installations and insulation as well. Contact professionals to get assistance in this area and safe-proof your home from fire and other risks.