In order to ensure the safety and well-being of your family in your new home after your movers have helped you get settled, you may want to note a few of these fire-related precautions.
Have a Fire Extinguisher Ready
It's always vital to have a fire extinguisher on hand so you can prevent fires from spreading. Many fires start in the kitchen due to hot stove tops and other heat-related appliances, so you may want to keep your fire extinguisher in there. Familiarize yourself with how to use it so you can act quickly in the event of an emergency.
Create a Fire Drill
Every household should have a quick and efficient escape plan. Do routine fire drills with your family so you can come up with a flawless routine that will allow all of you to make a safe and quick exit.
Watch for Electrical Problems
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), electrical problems are responsible for more than 26,000 fires every year, so it's a good idea to keep an eye on your wires and plugs. Make sure your outlets aren't overloaded, which usually happens when people use adapters that allow more than the standard two plugs.
The USFA also notes that faulty wiring is the culprit most of the time, so if you have old lamps or appliances, check their wires to make sure their protective casing isn't cracked.
Some smoke alarms are wired into the house, while others use a 9-volt battery. The USFA recommends testing them at least once a month and, if they run on batteries, replace them at least once every year.