What kind of damage can fires cause to your home and your family?
Different types of fires start and burn in different ways and affect our home in their own ways. All fires are fast, hot, dark and can be very dangerous. They can be devastatingly dangerous and cause death or serious injury so safety should always be the first concern.
The damage to your home can range from minimal smoke damage to the complete destruction of your home. The damaging forces in addition to the flame are the high heat, the smoke damage and the water used to put out the fire. The fire department will sometimes need to make holes in roofs and walls to put the fire out or check for hidden burning. You can be left with structural damage, a compromised roof, broken windows, burnt out electrical systems, soggy and smoke damaged drywall, furniture and carpets, and the destruction of prized possessions and important papers and personal items.
How to protect yourself and your property from fire.
Keep your property and family safe from preventable fires by taking a few steps of preparation and prevention. Create a fire escape plan and make sure you install and regularly test smoke detectors. Schedule a full fire safety inspection that will cover all potential risks in our home. The cost is around $200 and is a small price to pay for your safety.
Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe:
- Install smoke alarms on every floor, in every bedroom and in the kitchen.
- Do not under any circumstances leave food cooking unattended and be especially cautious with deep fryers and other frying equipment.
- Have a fire plan that you and your family review. Be sure it will get you out of the house in less than two minutes. Practice this with the entire family.
- Do not smoke inside the home and never in bedrooms or laying down.
- Do not use portable space heaters inside. They are the second leading cause of home fire deaths.
- Always hire a licenced electrician to do any electrical work in your home.
- Do not run cords under carpets or across rooms and doorways.
- Limit the plugs in any outlet or power strip.
- Have a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen and know how to use it.
- Do not use light bulbs that exceed the recommended wattage for your lamp.
How to stay safe during a fire
Hopefully you will be able to get out of the house during a fire within 2 minutes but here are some tips to help you stay safe. To help all stay safe during a fire practice these basic tips from safety.com.
- If a doorknob is hot, do NOT open the door.
- Practice “Stop, Drop, and Roll” with the entire family.
- Be sure your kids know how to crawl on their hands and knees if they see smoke.
- Bring your kids to a firehouse so they know what a firefighter looks like in gear.
- Teach your kids to never hide under a bed or in the closet.