The best way to fight a fire is to prevent it from happening in the first place. To do these, there are several things that families can do to lessen the chances of a fire from starting in their homes. Although prevention is very important, families also need to have a plan of action that everyone knows and has practiced in the event of a fire.
HOME FIRE PREVENTION TIPS
- Inspect your house and immediate surroundings for fire hazards.
- Remove fire hazards such as trash, clutter, stacks of newspapers and other unneeded flammable materials.
- Check the electrical system, all appliances, equipments, fuel storage, the heating system, stoves and portable heaters regularly.
- Store flammable materials in their original containers and follow storage instructions on labels.
- Store small amounts of fuel in approved and properly labeled safety containers.
- Keep lighters and matches out of sight and out of the reach of children.
- Never encourage or allow a child to play with a lighter or to think of it as a toy. Do not use it as a source of amusement for a child.
- Always check to see that cigarettes are put off before emptying ashtrays. Stubs that are still burning can ignite trash.