There are few other events that can be as devastating to a home than a fire—a fire can be all consuming; a fire can ruin the every day items from your life and the most precious things; a fire can even cause your whole house, your whole existence to vanish. We’re lucky in the United States because we have a great (highly efficient, quick, reliable) fire department system. You can bet that within moments of reporting a fire, a whole brigade will be at your doorstep doing everything they can to put out that fire…yet sometimes, things don’t work out quite so well.
The best idea is always one of prevention. So what can you do to help prevent fires from occurring around or in your home.
1) Have good hoses and hoses that are connected to a mainline water supply at the ready.
2) Make sure the area around your home is kept clean and clear of debris
3) Create a clearance around your home
4) Cut weeds and dry grass when coming into fire season (generally the summertime but check with your local weather station for a better idea of when you experience fire highs)
5) Always burn debris according to protocol
6) Make sure you know the number of the fire department or other emergency resources
7) Educate your family on steps to take if and/or when a fire occurs—such as exiting a house, making sure to have fire extinguishers within easy reach, having the number of the fire department This is especially important to cover with children who may be scared and overwhelmed when faced with a real emergency.
Doing everything you can to prevent fires will help you avoid the tragedy of a home or land fire. Do you have any other fire prevention tips we can add to our list?