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Fire Prevention in the Home

Frugal Protection for Your Family


by Nikki Willhite


Fire is always dangerous.  It is very important to protect all those who live in your home from a potential fire.  First and foremost, if you smoke, stop it!  It is not good for you... and you are putting your family at risk.


When I was a young teen I woke up one night to a house filled with black smoke.  My parents were asleep.  Someone had dropped a cigarette into the sofa cushions earlier.  If I had not awaken, we would all be dead.


Other causes of fire are bad wiring in your home and hazardous chemicals.  Even a simple can of camping propane can be dangerous.


It is best to store chemicals, gasoline and other potentially dangerous chemicals away from your home in a storage shed.  If you must store them in the garage, keep them away from pilot lights in furnaces and water heaters.


Do not make your garage a fire trap by filling it up so that you can't get in and out quickly.  Do not store flammable papers and other items that spread fire quickly.


Remember that when you are sleeping the smoke from a fire will kill you before the flames awaken you.  Have a hard wired fire alarm on every level of your home as well as a battery powered alarm.  It is also a good idea to keep one in the kitchen, along with your fire extinguisher.


Change the batteries twice a year.  You can use the batteries that still work in something else that is not so vital to your safety.


Should your home catch fire, have an escape plan for your family.  Everyone should know how to get out of the house and where to meet.  If someone doesn't show up at the meeting spot, someone is going to run into that house to try and find them.


Some families with 2-story homes keep chain ladders in upstairs rooms.  Just put them in a box and in the closet of these rooms.


Don't expect to think clearly if a fire breaks out in your home.  Fires are scary and people panic.  I still remember a fire where the woman managed to get out of her home, but forgot about her baby sleeping in the next room.


Have enough fire drills with your family that they automatically know what to do...but not so many that you scare them.


Make sure all your windows open.  Make sure the children know how to unlock them and that the windows are not painted shut. 




About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! 





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