When you purchase a new home, fire safety is probably one of the last things on your mind. Figuring out where to put your furniture, which bedroom everyone is going to use, where to hang that painting you like – that’s the fun part of moving. However, it is crucial to take time to develop a safety plan for you and your family as soon as you move in. Read on to learn fire safety tips for your new house!
Take Note of Smoke Alarms and Always Check Batteries
Notice where your home’s smoke detectors are installed and replace the batteries when you move in (don’t assume they are new). You should have smoke detectors on each floor of your home, in each bedroom, and outside any sleeping rooms. If you need any additional ones, install them as soon as you can. You should also test the batteries once a month and, make sure to swap out the batteries immediately if they’re dead.
Put Together a Fire Escape Plan
If a fire occurs, you might have less than two minutes to get to safety. That is why it is vital for everyone to have an escape plan. Each family member should know of two ways to escape from every single room in your home. Practice the escape plan with your family at least twice a year.
Designate an Outside Meeting Spot
In case there is a fire, you will designate a safe, outside spot for everybody in your family to meet. The spot could be at a neighbor’s home, on the street by your mailbox, basically, anywhere that is a safe distance from your home. Meet at this spot when you’re practicing the fire escape plan.
Get Serious About Fire Safety
Assuming your new house went through an inspection, you should be aware of any potential fire hazards, such as old wiring, loose insulation, or compromised appliances. If you notice any of these problems, you should hire a contractor to repair the deficiency immediately.
Fire Protection Services from Fireline
Whether you need smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or an automatic sprinkler system installed at your commercial property, Fireline has you covered. We have been protecting people and property from fire damage since 1947—and our experience shows in our excellent work! We are known for our superb customer service, our expertise, and our reliability. For more information on how we can help your residential or commercial property, visit us online or give us a call at (800) 553-3405. We are located in Baltimore, MD, with a second office in Leesburg, VA. For more fire safety tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.