Far too many fires end up getting started as a result of children getting into things they shouldn’t. Childproofing your home against fires isn’t difficult but it does require being thorough. Adhere to these simple steps below and your children and home will be much safer from fire and smoke damage. However, if your home is ever affected by fire and smoke damage you’ll want to get in contact with professional restoration contractors. In the Wichita, Kansas area, Stover’s Restoration is here for you and qualified to fulfill all your restoration needs.
Have a Family Fire Escape Plan
This is something that many families always intend to do but just never get around to it. It is worth the time and effort, and you will be so glad you did it if you are ever caught in a house fire. It doesn’t need to be anything complicated. A few simple instructions for your children on how to get out of the house and establishing a meeting place for everyone to get together after the fire is a good start.
Keep Matches, Lighters, and Chemicals Out of the Reach of Children
This one hardly requires explaining, but it is a common cause of fires. There’s no one right way to keep your children safe from all these hazardous materials. Some people simply put them up high out of reach. Others will use child locks on their cabinets to keep children out. Whatever you do, just make sure it will be effective.
Protect Electrical Outlets and Keep an Eye Out for Old/Faulty Electrical Equipment
Electrical fires cause a large percentage of fires in the United States. Young children have a knack for sticking things into electrical sockets that don’t belong there. They also have a knack for finding old wires and causing further wear and tear to them. You may want to consider buying covers for your sockets to keep kids out of them.
Screen Fire Places and Wood Burning Stoves
Fireplaces and wood burning stoves are great additions to any home. However, they also pose a big threat to unsuspecting children. To keep your children safe from being burned by them, you will want to put up screens to keep them safe from being burned or getting something too close to them that is flammable.
Space heaters are in the same family as fireplaces and stoves. They are also one of the most common things to start fires. When children are around, you will want to be very cautious when using them if using them at all. If you do decide to use them, make sure you have a way to keep children away from them and give the space heaters at least a three-foot berth away from other objects.
Now that you know how to childproof your home against fires, you should be much safer from fire and smoke damage and fire-related injuries. If you ever find yourself needing your home to be restored from fire and smoke damage, though, and you live in the Wichita area. Call the pros at Stover’s Restoration to get the job done for you.