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Important Tips for Fire Safety | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

When one considers the frequency of house fires, it is understandable why so many people are interested in learning how to prevent them. House fires can be devastating as they often cause a loss of property and even life, so being aware of how to protect against them is vital.

Due to the commonality of house fires, there is quite a bit of information about how to stay safe from them, but it is often not in one easily accessible place. To make increasing your fire safety easier, we have included a guide with all of the most important tips in one place.

Quick-Reference Fire Safety Tips

Frequently Check Smoke Detectors. Installing smoke alarms in every room of the home](https://www.allstate.com/blog/test-smoke-detectors/) is one of the best things to do for fire preparedness. It is best to choose an interconnected system so they will all sound at once, and test them every 30 days to ensure they remain operational.

Have a Fire Escape Plan. Every household should have a customized fire escape plan that takes into account how to exit each room and any specific needs that family members might have in an escape. Rehearse this plan regularly in order to have it memorized.

Know How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher. There are several different types of fire extinguishers that can be purchased, so it is important to select the model most pertinent to your needs and be aware of how to operate it.

Never Leave Flames Unattended. Many of us utilize open flames each day, which can unfortunately lead to nonchalance about the risks they pose. Whether it is from a scented candle or a fireplace, flames can spread in a moment and should never be unattended for any length of time.

Keep a Closed-Door Policy. Did you know that simply sleeping with the door closed can greatly reduce your risk of a fire fatality? A closed door will slow down the spread of a fire, which can allow for a longer reaction time and a better chance of executing the fire escape plan before the flames reach you in the event of a nighttime fire.

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