If you're lucky, you never have to deal with the consequences and pain that comes with a fire in your home. But, some of us aren't so lucky and the reality is that we all need to be educated and prepared on what to do to prevent fires, and how to react if one begins in our home or rental home.
1. Check your smoke alarms
Alden Short, Inc. always replaces the batteries in our smoke alarms before we rent out our properties, but sometimes batteries or the alarm itself can be faulty, which is why we suggest double checking to make sure they're in proper working order. To do this, press and hold the test button on the smoke detector. It may take a few seconds, but a very loud siren should come from the smoke detector while the button is pressed. If the sound is faint or doesn't exist, it's time to replace the batteries.
2. Have a Fire Extinguisher on Hand
The majority of fires start in the kitchen, so it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to cooking and fire prevention. Purchase a fire extinguisher as a small cost ($21.99 at Target stores) and keep it in your kitchen. And, if it's been a while since you've used one, or if you've never used one before, here is a reminder from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
3. Establish an Evacuation Route
Have an emergency plan in place and review it with your family members so even the little ones know what to do if there's a fire. To do this, walk through your home together and inspect all possible exists and escape routes. If you do have small children, consider drawing a floor plan of your home that marks the ways in and out of each room, highlighting doors and windows.
4. Blow Out Your Candles
We all love a good-smelling candle burning in the house, but they're extremely dangerous if left unattended. If you're one who leaves them on when picking up groceries or running errands, stop! Consider buying a wax warmer or oil diffuser instead.
Alden Short, Inc. requires rental insurance for this exact scenario, but if you can avoid a fire, it's in everyone's best interest to. Did we miss something? Tell us below in the comments.