Be Prepared For A House Fire

It is a scary to think that there is an estimated $7.2 billion in damage that is caused by house fires each year. It is even scarier to think that there are approximately  2,500 deaths and another 13,0000 injuries each year due to house fires. There is no getting around the fact that house fires occur and that they are very scary. A house fire can consume an entire room in a matter of minutes. There are a few different ways that you can be ready for a house fire. Here are a few different actions that you can take to be prepared for a fire in your own home.

Fire Alarm Systems

Just like a security system, a fire alarm system contacts the authorities in the event of a fire. When a fire breaks out, the most important thing is the safety of you and your family. The faster you are able to escape the better off that you are. However, while you and your family are escaping the fire is continuing to burn. The authorities need to be contacted as soon as possible, and if you have a fire alarm system, the authorities will be contacted as soon as the fire alarms go off. This will get the fire department over to the home as quickly as possible. 

Fire Protection Engineers

It is a very good idea to have a fire protection engineer come to the home and inspect the home for potential fire hazards. The engineer will tell you exactly where you need to be cautious in regards to fire. The engineer will also be able to tell you exactly how to react during a fire. This is especially important if you have small children in your home. Knowledge and understanding are power and safety when it comes to a fire emergency. 

Fire Extinguishers

Another aspect of fire safety is the ability to put out a fire before it grows into a huge blaze. The fire protection engineer will tell you the very best places to put a fire extinguisher. Usually a fire extinguisher should be placed on every floor, and then in the kitchen and bathroom. It is also very important that the extinguishers be checked on a yearly basis. Some extinguishers las much longer than others. The fire protection engineer can also demonstrate how to use a fire extinguisher most effectively. You always want to be prepared when it comes to fire safety.