1. Cooking Safety
When food is cooking on the stove, make sure an adult is always present in the kitchen. Keeping the stove tops and counters clean and uncluttered prevents any items from accidentally catching on fire. Place pot holders within reach of the stove so you can quickly remove cooking ware from the fire site. Avoid bumping into pots by turning the pot handles inward. If your stove is near a window, make sure that curtains and other materials that can burn are away from it.
2. Heating Safety
If you have a space heater in your home, place it at least three feet away from people, furniture, and pets. When adults leave the room or go to sleep, always shut off any portable space heaters.
If you have a fireplace in your home, make sure it has a sturdy screen to catch sparks. Every year, you’ll want to have the chimney inspected and cleaned to keep it clear of any obstructions.
Your furnace needs to be serviced by a professional once a year as well to prevent dust and other items from obstructing air flow.
3. Electrical Safety
If you have any extension cords under carpets or across doorways, you’ll want to move them to a safer location - near a wall. This way, there’s less of a chance that the carpet will catch on fire, and that someone will trip over the cord.
You’ll also want to check the electrical cords throughout the house. Check for cracks or frayed areas on cords for lamps and appliances. If the cord is damaged, consider replacing it. And, it goes without saying that you should unplug the items before you check the wires.
As to kitchen appliances, you’ll want to plug in the coffee maker, the toaster oven, and the microwave each into a separate receptacle outlet to reduce the load.
4. Smoke Alarms/Home Fire Escape
From the basement to the bedrooms, smoke alarms should be placed on every level. You’ll want to check that the batteries are working at least twice a year. An easy way to check that your smoke alarm is in good working condition is by testing it.
You’ll want to make sure that all the exits in your home are clear of furniture, toys, and clutter. This allows you and your family to escape quickly in case of a fire. You’ll also want to set up a fire escape plan if you haven’t already. From picking a safe place to meet outside to practicing a fire drill, here are 10 Must Do's For Your Home Fire Escape Plan. Why not do a fire drill tonight?
Find out what your house’s safety and security needs are with this quick assessment.