Ensuring Fire Safety for the Family
It is always important to spend time with your family and cold, winter nights around a fireplace make a great way to do it. A fireplace is so much better and cozier than the glow from a smartphone! But using a fireplace means education about fire safety is paramount.
Yes, you may already have a fireplace or an outdoor kitchen or even a barbecue grill, but there are still important fire safety measures that you practice in order to rest easy. First things first, you need to make sure that you have a fully functional fire alarm installed in your house. A favorite expression goes something like this: Better safe than sorry. This definitely holds true in this case. There should be an alarm on each floor, in each bedroom and in the kitchen. Remember, no alarm is worth anything without working batteries.
Prepare for the Worst
Next, you and your family should discuss the role of firefighters and safe use of fire. Develop an escape plan. Practice it often. Make sure that older family members and young children are able to get out of the home safely. Explain that in case of a fire, the air will be the most clear down low, so they will need to crawl out. Make sure that everyone knows what “Stop, Drop and Roll” means and confirm that everyone knows where to meet outside the house. The National Fire Protection Association has a wealth of information for homeowners.
Aside from the fire alarms, it is also good to have a fire extinguisher handy and ready. You will never know when an accident may happen. It could be when you’re cooking or because of faulty wiring, but fires happen when you least expect it, so it’s best that you’re prepared. Other than the obvious precautions, you could still do more to further ensure the safety of your home. You should check and make sure your equipment are also safe for use. You have to be responsible to get your fireplace checked for leaks and such, and to make sure that your stoves or grills are still safe for use. If not, then you can conveniently find new, safe and up to date equipment from Bart Fireside. They have a wide range of equipment and furniture that would not only make your home beautiful, but safe as well. You no longer need to compromise safety for aesthetic quality, now you can achieve both.