With the potential to destroy everything in its path in just a few minutes, fire is one of the single greatest threats to your family and to your home. In 2002, there were 389,000 reported home fires in the United States that resulted in 2,670 deaths and over $5.6 billion in direct property damage.1 While fires can happen at any time and are often started through no fault of the home owner, there is much you can do now to minimize the chances of becoming a fire victim.
8 Easy Fire Home Safety Tips
First, consider adding ADT Monitored Fire Protection to your ADT Security System if you don't already have it. With our 24-hour fire monitoring service, you can receive both heat and smoke detectors plus a battery back-up for response to fire even when you're not home. It's a great way to increase your peace of mind. For more information on ADT Fire Protection, visit our website at www.adt.com or call 1-800-419-3238 to speak to an ADT representative.
Develop and practice a home fire escape plan.
Install and maintain smoke detectors on all floors of your home and in each sleeping area.
Keep a working fire extinguisher on each floor, in the kitchen and in the garage.
Never leave home with the clothes dryer running.
To protect your household, be sure to keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything flammable.
Have your furnace and chimney professionally checked and cleaned each year.
Only use kerosene and gas-fueled devices in well-ventilated areas and away from flames and other heat sources.
For more information on fire safety in your home, visit the National Fire Protection Association Website at: www.nfpa.org.