Protecting your home and family means more than simply locking your doors at night. There are a number of ways you can prepare in the event of a fire, flood, or even carbon monoxide leak in your home. With the right monitors in place and fire extinguishers placed where they are the most accessible, keeping your loved ones safe doesn't have to be complicated. In addition, you can develop an escape plan with your family, and practice this plan to see how fast you can all get out of the house if there is an emergency. When you make planning part of your normal routine, your children are more likely to respond how you need them to in an emergency.
Have the Right Kind of Fire Extinguisher
Fire extinguishers are labeled Class A, B, C, D, or K. You may also find fire extinguishers that are labeled ABC, which are good for fires in the A, B, or C class. You must understand the various classes to know if you are using the right fire extinguisher. The Class K extinguisher is used on grease fires, and every kitchen should have a small Class K extinguisher in case there is a grease fire while cooking. Class A are for ordinary fires such as wood or paper. Class B extinguishers handle gas or liquid combustible fires and are great for a workshop or garage. Class C extinguishers are used on electrical fires, as water is not safe to use on an electrical fire. A Class D extinguisher handles combustible metals, which is rare in a residential setting. They are mostly used in laboratories.
Keep Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Fire Alarms Working
Test your carbon monoxide detector and fire alarms every month to make sure the batteries are still working. This is one of the easiest things you can do in your home to keep your family safe, yet many homeowners don't have working detectors in their home.
Identify All Exits Out of the Home
It's important to identify all exits out of the home, especially when you have a home with two floors. If you don't have a fire escape, invest in a fire safety ladder that can be lowered out of a window and secured to the window to allow people to get out in an emergency. When you have young children, teaching them a safety plan is always going to be useful.