DIYers love tools, decor, and other home improvement trappings. However, in the frenzy, many often forget the best accessory of all: a smoke detector.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires account for 92 percent of fire deaths that occur in structures. That’s almost 3,000 deaths each year. Aside from fatalities, those fires can cause a whole lot of damage.
The NFPA says that the leading causes of home fires revolve around cooking equipment. Of course, there are other causes, too. But don’t worry – preventing fires in your home is a lot about common sense and paying attention. Here are 5 easy tips from NFPA:
1) Smoke alarm accessories are available for people who are hard of hearing. They activate from the sound of traditional smoke alarms and produce a complex low frequency alarm signal, more effective at waking those with mild to severe hearing loss.
2) Keep anything that can burn, such as paper, bedding, or furniture, at least three feet away from heating equipment and have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around stoves, open fires, and space heaters.
3) If you smoke, smoke outside using a deep, sturdy ashtray. Remember to make sure butts and ashes are out, and dousing water or sand on them is the best way to do that.
4) Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms, for better coverage.
5) Test smoke alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button.
Of course, there are tons of other easy things you can do to keep your home fire-free. Check out the NFPA’s website for more tips and other information.
by Rachel Cericola