Despite the joy brought each year by the winter season, things such as holiday decorations, baking, and candles can increase your risk for a house fire. In fact, more residential fires happen during this time of year. ServiceMaster of Baltimore wants to remind you of some basic fire safety tips to keep in mind as you decorate your home for the upcoming holidays to help keep you and your loved ones safe, should a fire occur.
1. Install Smoke Alarms
Be sure that your home has smoke alarms installed on every floor. It’s a good idea to test them each month to ensure they work. If you have children, teach them what the alarm sounds like and what to do if they hear it go off.
2. Have A Fire Escape Plan
Because we never know when or where a fire will occur, it’s imperative to have a plan for escaping your home using two different exits. This plan should be practiced at least twice a year. During your drills, try pressing the smoke alarm button to alert everyone inside the home that they must exit using one of your two prepared plans.
3. Have At Least One Fire Extinguisher
Fire extinguishers can not only prevent a small house fire from turning into a major disaster, they can help control a larger fire until the fire department arrives. Prior to using one, it’s important to know how to operate it during an emergency, as there won’t be any time to read instructions during a fire. Store it in a place that’s easily accessible and be sure it’s fully charged. Do your research prior to purchasing one, as some models are not suitable to use on grease or electrical fires.
4. Call For Help
Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, if a fire occurs you must get out of your home, stay out (never go back inside), and call your local fire department for help.
Repairing Fire Damage
Despite how prepared we try to be, we will never know when a fire will occur or the extent of the damage. Should you experience a house fire, your home will require cleanup from fire and smoke. Call ServiceMaster of Baltimore for your emergency services, at 410-780-1700.