To protect your family you need to take steps to prevent a fire in your home. From checking outlets to being extra vigilant in the kitchen, practicing fire safety is the best thing you can do to prevent a fire from occurring.
Conduct an Electrical Review of the Home
Take stock of the electrical appliances, outlets and cords in your house, ensuring that all are in working order. Do cords appear frayed or extension cords overloaded? Some "dont's" to look for include running wires underneath rugs, allowing space heaters, night lights or lamps to come in contact with bedding or drapes, and continuing to use appliances that overheat and smell funny.
Practice Kitchen Safety
Most fires start in the kitchen so make sure that you are extra careful when it comes to supervising anything that happens here. Never leave cooking food unattended, and do not take the battery out of a smoke detector if it is set off during meal preparation as you might forget to replace it. Instead, open doors and windows to air out the room.
Fire Safety and Children
Never allow children to play with anything flammable such as matches, lighters, or candles. Always supervise them in the kitchen.
Tips to Remember
Cover your fireplace with a screen, and be sure to clean it often. If you smoke, be very careful never to allow ash to fall into sofas or your bed, and make sure your cigarette is completely out before throwing it away.
Make sure that all smoke detectors in your home are in working order. It is best to place them on the ceiling or high on the wall since smoke rises. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand. Have escape routes planned for your family.