Fire Prevention Tips for Your Property

COOKING

  • Cooking is the number one cause of home fires home fire injuries.
  • Unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires.
  • Thanksgiving is the leading day for fires involving cooking equipment.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home.
  • Keep pan lids nearby in case a small grease fire starts, you can cover the pan with the lid to dampen the fire. Be sure to leave the pan on the lid until it is closed.
  • Keep flammable items away from the stove like clothing, hot pads, towels, etc.
  • Keeps kids at least 3 feet from the area around the stove.

SMOKE ALARMS

Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire and can cut the risk of dying in a fire in half. They detect and alert people to fire during the early stages.

  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement and especially near the home’s utilities closet. For offices, buildings consult your local property manager as they will have expert knowledge on where smoke alarms are located and how often they test them.
  • Smoke alarms should be tested once per month by pushing the test button.
  • Make sure everyone in the property understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond, where to go, and who to call.

ESCAPE PLAN

Setting up an escape plan in the event of a fire can save lives. Sometimes you have only 2 seconds to react after the alarm goes off or you discover a fire. A fire escape plan should include the following:

  • Create a map of every level of your property, showing all doors and windows. Consult your property manager in an office or commercial building for the best escape route.
  • Notate all windows and doors and possible exit areas in each room like windows and doors.
  • Ensure a few people are designated to assist children, people with disabilities, and pets if they are present.
  • Teach all occupants including family members, tenants, or renters how to escape.
  • Establish a safe meeting place outside the property far enough away from the structure where everyone can meet after exiting the property.
  • Consult your local fire department on how to best physically exit a building experiencing a fire such as getting low and covering your face or mouth with a covering.
  • Create a scheduled fire escape practice plan using different ways out and be sure to close doors behind you.
  • Never go into a burning fire to retrieve trapped people, pets or belongings. This is best left to the fire department.
  • Calling 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone

HEATING EQUIPMENT

  • Heating equipment is a leading cause of fires during winter months. Space heaters used during cold temps are a leading cause of home and office fires.
  • All heaters need space, At least 3 feet around a space heater should be left clear of flammable items and children or pets.
  • Have a qualified professional install heating equipment.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional at least once a year.

CANDLES

  • Fire burning candles are also a leading cause of fires.
  • According to the National Fire Prevention Association, from 2014-2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 7,610 home structure fires that were started by candles per year. These fires caused an annual average of 81 deaths, 677 injuries and $278 million in direct property damage.
  • Candles can be tipped over or a pet can swipe their tail across a fire and spread the fire quickly.

FIREPLACES

  • Ensure your fireplace is cleaned annually by a professional.
  • Make sure your fireplace is installed to make sure the mantel and hearth are within regulation distance, and you use proper fire prevention screens, gates, etc.

Perfection Property Restoration has extensive experience working with property owners and property managers across North America to create emergency response plans and has completed thousands of fire restoration projects due to property fires.