Your home is supposed to be your safe haven where you and your family can enjoy time together. Unfortunately, there are situations which can change that. One of the situations is the potential of a fire in the home. These are often caused by some of the normal items in the home, but it can also be due to malfunctions with the appliances or because of negligence. Here are some things you should know to keep your home safe when it comes to fires.
FIRE PREVENTION TIPS
Here are some of the things that you should keep in mind to help prevent fires in the home.
- Don’t leave food cooking unsupervised. With open flame, frying, gas, and more, there is potential for things to burn if left unattended and it can cause a fire.
- Remember this saying: “Three feet from the heat.” If you have a fireplace, space heater, or anything similar, keep furniture, curtains, and other flammable items at least three feet away from the heat source.
- If you are a smoker, have a designated safe place where you do it. You don’t want to expose flammable objects to potential ash and flames.
- Ensure that your appliances and other electrical items are properly plugged in and there are no exposed wires.
- Have a kit ready in case you need to evacuate the home. Know where your important items are and create an escape plan to ensure you and your family are getting out of the home quickly and carefully.
IN CASE OF A FIRE
In some cases, no matter how many prevention measures you take, fires happen. This is why it is so important to ensure that your family knows two different ways to escape from each room in the home. Also, your family should know where to meet outside and you should run a few drills to ensure everyone remembers the escape plan.
If there is a fire, follow these tips:
- Ensure that your escape plan is possible. If the handle to a door is warm, use your second route to escape.
- Stay low and keep under any of the smoke that may be in the home.
- Get to the outside meeting spot and call for help.
These are important things to know to keep your family safe.
If negligence is the cause of the fire and someone sustains a serious burn injury, there may be legal options that the victim may have. Our trial lawyers at Hare Wynn represent individuals throughout the nation from our offices in Alabama, Kentucky, and Arkansas. We are dedicated to helping injury victims seek compensation for the wrongs done to them.
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