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Fire Safety In The Home

Updated on November 20, 2009

Fire Safety In The Home-Why

You may be wondering why there is such a push on fire safety in the home. 

Let me give you a few numbers from 2008

Almost 2 million fires, over 11 billion dollars in damages.

The numbers that are very scary are over 4000 deaths and almost 20 000 injuries.

These are staggering numbers that continue to go up on a yearly basis.  Over 80% of these numbers were as a result of fires in the home.

Another thing that is scary is that almost all fires are preventable in one way or another.  There is the odd exception that nothing would have prevented it but in almost all cases if we practiced fire safety in the home things would be looking a whole lot better.

A little bit of safety and being pro active could be the difference in a close call or going to a funeral.

Fire Safety In The Home-Causes

There are many reasons to question fire safety in the home. Below I will list a few to keep you on your toes and keep you thinking.

Electrical short circuiting in a home is a huge cause. Its important to use equipment properly rated plus make sure any plug in utensils are the right voltage. Keep all cords away from carpets. When not using an appliance make sure you  unplug it. Replace any appliances that are too old and create a safety problem.

The last few years fire safety in the home has been compromised because of electric heaters. Keep the heaters away from all combustibles or combustible materials. The nice thing is the newer heaters have automatic shut offs.

If the heater gets too hot, overloads or gets tipped over it will automatically shut off. This, however doesn't mean you shouldn't still be careful. Remember the heater is still man made and the fail safes could fail.

Now fire places are one of the biggest concerns when fire safety in the home is being talked about. If a fire place is not used or maintained properly so many things could go wrong in a hurry. Again, don't keep combustibles close by, use a good screen and don't over pile the fire so you don't get any sudden out bursts. One thing you absolutely need to do at least once a year is clean your fire place. Many insurance companies wont even offer insurance if you don't show proof of cleaning.

Fire Safety In The Home-Have A Plan

When it comes to fire safety in the home you can never be too prepared.  A good idea is an escape plan.  This should be a detailed plan that includes escape from every room.  Just having a plan isn't good enough though.  From time to time you need to practice the plan.  You want to try and better your time every time you run a practice.

Its very important to keep your children educated with the fire plan and as to how dangerous fire is.  We all know most children just love fire.  In fact over 100 000 house fires were started last year as a result of kids playing with fire in some sort of way.

It is important that you never let your guard down or relax when it comes to fire safety in the home.  As soon as you do let things drop is when you will get nailed.  It doesn't matter what time of the year or what you are doing.  As long as fire safety in the home is on your mind then you stand a good chance of never having one.


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      FireSafetyForKids 7 years ago

      Hi Dale, thanks for the great hub on fire safety.

      I love your last point on children fire safety... and if i may add.. not only do children love fire because of tv shows and all.. they are also.. pretty curious and rebellious about alot of things when growing up.. thus would also want to do what the adults are doing.. ie, lighting a match stick.. playing with lighters..

      so.. I couldn't agree with you more that a tone should be set early for the children when it comes to fire safety.

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Hi Dale, Just to let you know that I am adding a link from our Hub 'Outside a hotel in my Nightie' (it's about fire safety in hotels.

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      LeoSavage 7 years ago


      One of the points you brought out I thought was very good.

      ~It is important that you never let your guard down or relax when it comes to fire safety in the home.~

      This is what happens and some people just don't think about it.

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      Dale Mazurek 7 years ago from Canada

      You are right Nell, you can never be too careful especially when it comes to Fire safety around the house.

      Your hub is on my blog because it deserves to be there. Keep up the great writing and Happy New Year



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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Dale good tips, I always check plugs at night, in fact I am a bit OCD about them. You can never be too careful. Thanks again, and thank you for putting my gypsies hub on your site. I really appreciate it. cheers Nell

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      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      You hit the nail on the head. We all see it in the news on a daily basis but we also say it cant happen to us. Well it does happen to us.

      Thanks for the comment


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      2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      From time to time all of us suffer from 'It Won't Happen to Me' syndrome. It is easy to be complacent about fire safety because it is hard to imagine our own dwelling catching fire. It can happen to anybody who is careless! This hub is a good reminder.

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      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      This is so true. Christmas is a time of year where most people seem to let up on their safety.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Itswritten 8 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Fire safety is very important especially during the hoildays when people are using Christmas lights.