5 Things Everyone Should Do To Prepare Your Home In The Event Of A Fire
This post was sponsored by Kidde Fire Safety as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
As a mom of four children, I often think about fire safety. Have I done everything needed to make sure that my children could get out of the house in the event of a fire… As a foster mom there are certain things that I’m required to do on a regular basis, but because of their importance, I think it’s a good practice for every parent to get into. October is National Fire Prevention Month, so I put together a list of “5 Things That Everyone Should Do To Prepare Your Home In The Event Of A Fire.”
Did you know….
● NFPA stats show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires
● Roughly 3 out of 5 fire fatalities occur in homes with no smoke alarms (or they don’t work)
● While 71% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 47% of those have practiced
● Cooking equipment is the top cause of home fires, followed by heating equipment
Test your smoke alarms every 6 months
I check mine and change the batteries every January and July. Some people check them when the time changes, but it’s just easier for me to remember to do it that way.
Invest in a carbon monoxide alarm
This is extremely important if you have a push button start vehicle. I have a newer van with a push button start and I have accidentally left it running twice. Fortunately, I don’t keep my van in my garage but if I did I would have a carbon monoxide alarm over the door that leads to the house. So, invest in a carbon monoxide alarm because your life and that of your family could very well depend on it.
Buy a fire extinguisher and have it checked annually
As a foster mom, this is one of those things that we are required to do. Lucky for me I’ve never had to use but if I did, it’s stored under my sink for easy accessibility. As you can see, I get mine checked every December.
Keep doors closed at night
Studies have proven that a closed door can save lives. My kids, especially my 6 year old are a little afraid at nighttime, but I always make sure to close the doors before I go to sleep.
Hold a fire drill every 6 months
If your children hear the smoke alarm go off in the house, do they know what to do? Would your children panic if they heard the alarm? Do they know how to get out if the main exit is blocked? My kids do — even my 3 year old. They know that if they hear the alarm they are supposed to feel the door and if they feel the heat of a fire that they are supposed to throw a toy through the window to escape.
Products I recommend: I recommend using a reputable name brand smoke alarm such as Kidde. I have used Kidde brand fire products for as long as I can remember because safety and security is of utmost importance. Kidde is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of fire safety products. After more than 100 years of service, today you’ll find Kidde products in homes and businesses around the globe! Kidde smoke and carbon monoxide alarms help prevent injuries and minimize damage by alerting people to dangers earlier.
My journey to becoming a mom, was difficult but so worth it. Now I have 3 beautiful children that will forever call me their mom. They mean everything to me, so I would do anything to protect them.
Fortunately for fire safety, it only takes a moment to make sure that they are protected. Take the time today to protect your home and family with Kidde’s fire safety essentials, available at The Home Depot or Walmart. Shop Kidde Fire Safety essentials now.