Family Safety: Fire Prevention

A few weeks back, an old friend in high school posted in a social networking site a charred part of their home. I was shocked to learn that someone close to me could have lost their home because of fire. It’s mere luck that her spouse woke up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water in their kitchen and saw a part of their home burning. I shudder to think of what could have happened if nobody woke up that night.

We can easily prevent fire from happening in our home. There are many fire safety device that will help us keep our family safe. Here are some fire prevention and safety tips that could help us fire-proof our homes.

Check electrical appliance, cords and outlets. Make sure that all electrical appliances are in good condition. Check if there are loose plugs or frayed cords. If there are any, have a professional electrician fix it for you. Outlets should not be overloaded with plugs, same goes for extension cords. If the appliance is not in use, remember to remove the plug from the outlet. Also double check if you are using the correct wattage in your appliances. Do not leave electrical appliances unattended.

smoke alarmInstall fire safety devices. Fire extinguishers and smoke alarms from are a must in every home. Make sure that the fire extinguishers are up to date and check monthly if smoke alarms are working.

Be vigilant of your surrounding. Keep matches, lighters and candles out of children’s reach. If lighting  candles, make sure that it is away from easily combustible materials such as curtains, pillows, couches and mattresses. Extinguish it before going to bed or out of the room. If possible, store flammable supplies such as kerosene, gasoline and some flammable cleaning supply outside of home. Make sure that LPG tanks are always turned off when not in use.

Be informed. Conduct fire safety drills in your home, especially to young children. Remind them to inform an adult if they heard the smoke alarm. Point them the direction of the fire exits at home. Teach them the rules of STOP, DROP AND ROLL (stop, drop to the ground, and roll back and forth to smother the flame) should they caught fire in their clothes. If they are big enough to use the fire extinguisher, teach them to remember the word *PASS.

  • Pull the pin. Release the lock with the nozzle pointing away from you.
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
There are many ways to prevent fire, it’s only a matter of equipping ourselves with the right knowledge to help us deal with it. Most importantly, remember emergency numbers so we can report these incidents as soon as possible.

 * Source: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

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19 Responses to Family Safety: Fire Prevention

  1. arcee says:

    this is a very informative post

  2. arcee says:

    this is a very informative post

  3. Franc Ramon says:

    It’s important to secure the house for any fire hazards and each member of the household should be aware of the fire safety drills in cases of emergency.

  4. STOP, DROP and ROLL is what I always hear or read about fire prevention and it is notable that you have included those three very important words in your article :)

  5. Ness says:

    Its always good to be prepared. Though sometimes, no matter how prepared we are, we are still being struck by these calamities..

  6. joy says:

    i observed that aside from the kitchen fire usually starts in appliances left unplugged especially the electric fan, we really need to be extra careful

  7. Hazel says:

    Sometimes fires are like thieves. They come creeping barely noticeable. Glad your friend is ok.

  8. marri says:

    It’s better to be cautious all the time. We cannot avoid accidents like fire. We should be prepared and armed like having fire safety devices. Thanks for sharing these very important tips.

  9. Tori says:

    I should definitely teach my kids PASS and Stop, drop,roll….also the phone numbers to call! I would be shouting so loud if I see fire anywhere in the house…Great tips here!

  10. Marie says:

    must be alarming to wake up in such situation and that’s why alarms and fire extinguishers are important at home! Prevention is still the key but won’t hurt being ready…

  11. che says:

    It’s sad that it happened to your friend. Sad to say, these devices are just ideals to some homes. Some don’t actually have it since they think of it as expense.

  12. Rossel says:

    Just two weeks ago we nearly lost our home because of a socket that got wet due to our dripping roof. Good thing the fuse worked and saved our home. We are planning to have a rewiring soon and install the needed fire safety devices.

  13. Franc Ramon says:

    Above all, we should condition ourselves to remain calm in case of fires and have a clear mind to find the safest exit.

  14. SassyChick says:

    Our first home burned down to the ground when I was still a kid so I know how scary and devastating it is. It is really important to have this fire safety devices/alarms for our own protection.

  15. Gizelle says:

    It is good to invest in a fire extinguisher, you will be sure you’re ok in cases of fire!

  16. Bambie says:

    Here at home we have a fire extinguisher. Just one, and we put it near the kitchen since most incidences of fire start from that particular room of the house. These are great tips, but most importantly, presence of mind is a sure key to saving lives and properties in case of fire.

  17. Sumi says:

    Thanks for this reminder! Fire has been rampant in the Metro these past few months and we should really be careful and do precautionary measures before we suffer the consequences of negligence >.<

  18. Greg says:

    I am on the board of a homeowners association in Boca Raton, and Premier fire did the fire alarm maintenance and inspection on our buildings. They are committed to working along with you no matter how big or small the job is. They are the best at what they do. I would recommend them to anyone.

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