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Fire Prevention Tactics
Fires can begin anywhere, but your kitchen and garage pose the biggest threats for in-home blazes. Here's how to reduce your risk of fire in vulnerable places, along with tips to protect items in your home.
Appliances and tools
Use only UL (Underwriters Laboratories)-listed or FM (Factory Mutual)-approved appliances and tools, checking regularly for frayed or worn power cords or plugs. Replace faulty cords immediately. Never operate appliances, switches or outlets with wet hands or plug in more appliances than a socket is designed to handle.
Keep areas around stoves, refrigerators, and dishwashers clean to prevent dust particles from igniting. Don't store flammable items over the stove. Turn pot handles inward so children can't pull them down. It's also a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher on a wall nearby the stove.
Keep trash and other items away from the furnace or water heater, preferably stored in sealed containers.
Experts advise that you check heating equipment annually. Never store gasoline and other flammables near heating equipment or a pilot light. Instead, store them in tight metal containers away from the house.
Know Your Fire Prevention Equipment
Smoke detectors are an important and effective tool to alert you of a fire in your home and/or awaken you from sleep; note that most deaths from fire occur when people are sleeping. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that you install one smoke detector outside each bedroom and on all levels of your home and that you test all your smoke detectors at least one a month.
A fire extinguisher can help you control a small fire and prevent further damage. A multi-purpose dry chemical fire extinguisher, labeled A-B-C, is effective against most types of fires.
Fire extinguishers designed for fighting specific fire forms are especially useful in the following areas of your home:
In the event of a large, uncontrollable fire, your best defense is a quick escape. Plan a fire escape route and an alternate route to be used when the main route is blocked by fire. Practice taking the escape and alternate routes regularly with your family.