5 Ways to Prevent a Fire in Your Home
October is National Fire Safety and Prevention Month. Talk to your family about how to prevent a devastating fire in your own home.
This week is Fire Prevention Week, which was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 that killed 250 people and left more than 10,000 people homeless. In fact, the entire month of October is dedicated to National Fire Safety and Prevention, which is a perfect opportunity to talk to your family about fire safety.
This year's theme is “Have 2 Ways Out!” focusing on the importance of fire escape planning and practice. The Boston Fire Department's stations will be open to the public between noon and 5 p.m. for visits and for more information about the fire department and fire prevention matters.
Everyone knows the stop, drop, and roll, but there are many other ways to prevent a fire in your home. Here are five tips recommended by the Centers for Disease Control:
- Install a smoke detector in every floor of your home and if possible, in all sleeping rooms. Be sure to perform a monthly test of your existing smoke detectors throughout the year.
- Make sure there is space around your heater and that window curtains or other flammable materials aren’t touching the heater.
- Create a family escape plan from your home in case of a fire. Everyone in your home should know at least two ways out of each room. Also, be sure to have a meeting place outside your home.
- Don’t smoke in your home. If you do, never leave burning cigarettes unattended and don’t empty burning or hot ashes in a trash can.
- When cooking, keep anything that can catch on fire away from the stove including potholders, towels, long loose-fitting sleeves, etc. Also, never leave cooking food unattended and keep pot handles turned in when on the stove.
For much more on fire safety and prevention, see the Boston Fire Department's Fire Prevention Division's website, which includes links to all city and state resources. The city's fire department also offers this useful checklist to make sure your home is safe.
For more fire safety tips and facts, visit the National Fire Protection Association page.
TELL US: What are your fire safety tips? What is the most useful thing you have taught your family about preparing for a fire?