Because many holiday traditions take place in the home, it’s also the peak time for home fires according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Here are some things to consider to keep your home and your family safe this holiday season:
- Never try to fight a fire yourself—instead, call 911 immediately. According to the NFPA, 55 percent of all civilians who are injured in home fires are hurt while attempting to fight the fire themselves.
- Stay in the kitchen when you’re cooking, so you can always keep an eye on your food.
- Check your home’s smoke detectors to ensure they’re working. Your home should have at least one smoke alarm on every level, and preferably one outside every bedroom. Check every smoke alarm once a month to ensure that it’s functional and loud enough to wake you up in the event of a fire.
- Keep all flammable materials and fire starters up high where children won’t be able to reach them. Never leave candles unattended, and keep them on a sturdy surface out of the range of pets.
- Check your home’s electrical systems to ensure that they in working condition, and that no power outlet is overburdened with appliances.
- Make sure that any medications, glasses or other essential materials are easily accessible if you must escape your home quickly.
- Make a fire escape plan with your family, and practice it at least twice a year. You should identify two ways to escape from every room in your home in case flames or smoke block an exit.
It’s important to review your homeowners or renters insurance to ensure that your home and personal belongings are covered for fire damage. Contact Marshall & Sterling today to see how you’re covered or get a quote.