Fire Prevention

Are You Taking the Proper Precautions ?

House Fire PreventionDid you know that in the United States someone dies from a home fire about every 134 minutes and that every 20 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in our country?

You think that a house fire will ever happen to you… but according to these statistics it can happen to anyone!

We would all be wise to follow the 3 “P”s of Protection: Plan, Prepare and Prevent.

Plan:

  • Plan escape routes – there should be 2 exits from every bedroom
  • Plan a gathering ¬†place for the family
  • Sleep with bedroom doors closed

Prepare:

  • Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, test monthly, keep free from dust and replace the batteries annually
  • Mount fire extinguishers in your kitchen, garage and workshop

Prevent:

  • Always use fireplace screens
  • Don’t store combustibles near a fireplace or furnace
  • Don’t smoke in bed
  • Have your chimney inspected & cleaned
  • Don't overload extension cords and prevent firesKeep space heaters at least 3 feet away from combustibles
  • Don’t use frayed or worn extension cords and don’t overload electrical sockets or extension cords
  • Keep lighters and matches out of children’s reach
  • Flammable liquids should only be stored in safety approved containers
  • Keep your kitchen exhaust fan clean from dust and grease
  • Keep the outside walls of your home rubbish and combustible free – store fireplace wood away from the home

These are just a few of the ways you can protect your home and family.

Take some time and look around to see what other hazards you might discover and make the appropriate changes.

We have control over some aspects of hazard protection, but there are other outside hazards that are beyond our control such as fire from outside elements – wild fires or neighborhood fires.

Fire resistant roofing materials can add another layer of protection.

Master Craft Roofing proudly use GAF roofing materials which offer fire resistant solutions.

If you are considering a new roof, give us a call for a free assessment of your needs.

Fires are devastating and spread quickly. Watch this short video to see just how quick this fire jumps from one house to another.

**originally published 1/7/11

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