A Beginner's Guide to Household Fire Safety

by Roger Snyder 01/10/2022

Keeping your home safe doesn't have to be complicated. By practicing good habits and establishing best practices with everyone in your household, you can prepare for--and prevent--major issues. Fire safety is a particular concern that can be accomplished by remembering a few simple tips. Here are the basics of household fire safety:

Maintain & Test Your Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are a requirement in all modern homes. However, it's important to remember that smoke detectors and alarms require batteries to function. Most have a built-in alert function to tell you when the battery is low. Instead of stopping that incessant beeping and going about your business, change the batteries right away. Even if you don't get a low battery alert, set a schedule for checking the batteries at least once a year to make sure they're ready to help you in an emergency.

Don't Leave a Flame Unattended

Scented and decorative candles can be excellent features of a cozy home. Unfortunately, candles also present a significant risk if left unattended. If you choose to enjoy the comfy ambiance and glow of candles in your home, make a habit of putting them out if you leave the room for more than a few minutes. It's also a good idea to treat fireplaces and wood stoves with the same caution so that an open flame doesn't have a chance to surprise you.

Have a Plan

It might not be fun to think about a fire occurring in your home, but it's crucial to be prepared. Gather with your family or housemates to establish a plan for escape routes and a meeting place. Make sure everybody knows how to unlock and operate emergency exits or fire escape ladders. If you have pets, include them in your safety planning by having a spare carrier or leash in a specific place so you can grab them in a hurry. Having a plan will make you safer and ensure the best possible outcome in case of a fire.

Fire safety is made up of many factors. Keep these three basics in mind when establishing good safety habits around the home.

About the Author
Author

Roger Snyder

As a Miami native, Roger understands the local market and neighborhoods like few other agents can. Roger takes the time to listen to his clients, and they appreciate his friendly, honest, and practical approach. His background enables him to navigate the social and technical aspects of the marketplace. Roger offers an informed and efficient service and strives to make the process as comfortable and stress-free as possible for his clients. 

After graduating from South Miami High School, Roger enlisted in the United States Air Force and attended Southern Illinois University where he earned a degree in industrial technology. Roger went on to enjoy a career with the Department of Defense, and has held executive positions in sales, engineering, marketing, and business development before transitioning into real estate. His interdisciplinary background enables him to better understand the dynamics of today’s real estate environment and clients appreciate his friendly, candid and hands-on business style.

During his free time, Roger is a dedicated father, volunteer, coach handyman and backyard mechanic. He is committed to giving back to the community serving as a Foundation Board Member of Community Health of South Florida, and is the Frist Vice Commander of the American Legion Post 133 and is the Post Commander of Post 243 of the Jewish War Veterans.