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3 Fire Protection Tips Every Family Should Know

by Sheila Vasquez

While fireproofing your home primarily means using items such as fire extinguishers, fire detectors and sprinkler systems, it also means using some common sense fire protection techniques as well. Many people know, theoretically at least, that a fire could happen to them someday. However, most people think it will happen to someone else, until the day that you are someone else. Here are some little things you can do that can go a long way toward keeping you and your belongings safer in the event of a fire.

Fireproof Safes

If you've ever lost your driver's license or social security card, you know what a nightmare of red tape it can be just to replace those two simple, yet crucial documents. Now imagine that you have to replace not only your ID's, but all of your checking information, your mortgage papers, car titles, medical records and deeds. In a fire, people need to vacate the premises right away and leave their belongings behind.

With a fireproof safe, you can have all of your essential documents in one spot, and they are likely to survive a fire without damaging the documents. This can save you literally months tracking down copies of every aspect of your life. Even better, these safes are easy to find at most home stores and can be quite affordable.

Keep Every Exit Clear

Teach every member of the home how to exit the house in a fire, and make sure that every single possible exit is clear and operable. Don't stack a pile of boxes in front of an unused porch door or paint windows shut.

Walk through every single room in your home, and imagine how you would get out of that room if the rest of the house was on fire. If you don't have a clear exit, make one. And make sure everyone knows how to use the exits.

Have Fire Drills

If you have young children in the home, have a monthly fire drill where everyone has to learn how to exit the home, crawl under smoke, operate a fire extinguisher and get to safety. Make the drills fun by taking turns on who gets to be in charge each time. Give points for who made the fastest exit or who stayed the calmest. These drills will ensure that your family will always know what to do in a fire.

These simple yet often overlooked fireproofing and protection ideas will be of incalculable value should you ever have the misfortune to be involved in a fire. For more information about fire protection, contact The Safety Team Inc. or a similar company.