Follow These Tips For Protecting Your Family From Fire!
Aldrich/Taylor Insurance Agency is here to make sure you get the best deal
and a good policy will cover damages and losses from fires. However,
insurance can't restore lost lives and reproduce some of your most precious
personal possessions. To help make sure you and your family stay safe at
home, here are some important fire protection and prevention tips that
provide some important ways to protect your home from fire.
What is Fire Protection?
Fire protection is obtaining the right knowledge on fire prevention and
putting that knowledge into practice. In other words, knowing why fire
protection is important does little good if you don't educate yourself on
the matter and take action.
What Makes a Good Home Fire Alarm System?
In 2014, the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) released a
report on home fires
, with some surprising results. It covered a period from 2007 to 2011. For
- When a fire starts, it could become deadly within three minutes time.
- Three of every five fire related deaths happened in homes that had no
working smoke detectors or alarms.
- Your chances of dying in a fire are twice as great if you have no working
- Of all the non-working smoke detectors, nearly half had no batteries and
one-fourth had smoke detectors with dead batteries.
To have an effective alarm system, the NFPA recommends these things:
- Put smoke detectors on all floors and outside of every home bedroom
- Test alarms monthly.
- Replace alarms after 10 years, even if they work.
- Use ionization and photoelectric sensing alarms.
The Importance of a Home Fire Evacuation Plan
Here is a fictional story but it could happen to almost any family. The
Smith family was home one night and about 1:00 am a fire started in the
house. The alarms woke everyone up and the parents rushed to make sure the
kids got out of the home. However, by the time they got to little Frank's
room he was already gone. He went out the back door and was hiding under a
Everyone (except Frank) ended up in the back yard and his father, James,
checked outside everywhere and couldn't find him in all the noise and
confusion. James decided to go back in the house and find his son but
fortunately, he caught a glimpse of him under the table. This scenario
could have easily ended in tragedy because the family had no fire escape
plan from home.
Coming Up with a Fire Escape Plan
Walk through the entire house and figure out the best evacuation route.
It's important to get all family members together so everyone gets the same
information. You need to have things on paper so they can be posted on the
wall for everyone to see. You can download an excellent
home fire escape plan worksheet
from this web page at the NFPA website. Click on the "escape planning grid"
link. The NFPA site is one of the best places to get the latest fire
protection news and information.
Don't forget to tell everyone to drop to the floor and crawl out of the
house if it's full of smoke or hot inside. Many people are seriously
injured or killed from breathing super heated air, and the air is the
coolest at floor-level.
Draw up your floor plan. You can download a home fire escape plan template
by going to the
Red Cross website
. It's a good idea to come up with a home fire drill checklist too. You can
find a good one at the
. This will give you some good ideas.
Home Fire Kit
You should have a fire kit in your house to ensure everyone's safety. Here
are some things to include:
Fire extinguishers (especially in the kitchen)
- Fire escape ladder (for homes with more than one story
- First aid kit
How to Protect Your Home from Forest Fire
Many parts of California face real danger from wildfires and it's important
to keep your home as safe from harm as possible. The NFPA recommends
removing everything around your home exterior that can feed a fire. Here
are some common questions on home fires:
At what distance should firewood be stored away from the home
Most fire professionals recommend storing firewood at least thirty feet
from your house. It can easily catch fire in a wildfire and spread to your
How can you protect your home from fire
You should have a complete home fire preparedness plan in place. This
includes working smoke detectors with batteries changed twice a year (when
you reset the clocks). Check out reliable sources for information like
FEMA, NFPA, and other non-profit organizations. Educate yourself and your
family on fire prevention and have a good evacuation plan.
How can I make sure my fire insurance is sufficient?
When you wait until a disaster happens, it’s too late. For example, if you
have home insurance that only covers the current value of your house (and
not the replacement cost) you could lose thousands of dollars if it's
destroyed by fire. Now is the time to contact your insurance professionals
at Aldrich/Taylor Insurance Agency. We'll help you choose the most
affordable policy with the best options. Call us at 1-818-841-2940 today for