How Home Security Systems in Dallas Texas Help Keep You Safe in Event of Fire

The home security systems ProtectUS Security installs in Dallas and across Texas provide better

protection from fires than smoke alarms alone. The latest report from the National Fire Protection

Association shows that on average, seven people die in home fires each day in the United States. Most

of those deaths could have been prevented with the proper preparation and safeguards. The first thing

you should do is call your local fire department and ask them to inspect your smoke and carbon

monoxide detectors to make sure they are functioning properly; they will often provide free batteries,

or smoke detectors, if you need them – over half of house fire deaths occur in homes without working

smoke alarms. They will also tell you the best places to put fire extinguishers in your home, and explain

how to use them. Then, call ProtectUS Security for a free security consultation, and choose a home

security system that fits your needs. Once you have the proper equipment, educate your family or

roommates about fire safety, and practice an evacuation plan once a month. Your family, home, and

possessions are worth protecting. Here are other important steps to protect yourself from a house fire.

The leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries, and the third leading cause of home

fire deaths is cooking equipment. Be sure to stay in the kitchen while you’re cooking, especially when it

involves frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling, and set timers for any meals that require slow cooking, to

remind you to stay attentive. Keep anything flammable away from the stovetop, including curtains,

wooden utensils, paper towels, oven mitts, and food packaging. Be diligent about keeping your stovetop

clean after each use. If you have a small grease fire, be sure than everyone in the house knows how to

extinguish it; pouring water on it makes a grease fire spread instantly! If you have a small grease fire on

the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan, and turn off the burner. Leave it covered

until the pan is completely cooled. For an oven fire, if possible, turn off the heat, and be sure to leave

the door closed. A fire needs air circulation to continue to burn.

Smoking is the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths. If you have smokers in the house, have a

designated smoking area outside the home, keeping ashtrays clean of butts and debris that may catch

fire. Don’t allow people to flick cigarette butts; have them dispose of them safely. Don’t let someone

who may be intoxicated or tired smoke, or have someone with them to be sure they are safe. Many

deaths are caused by people falling asleep while smoking, especially when bedding or a mattress

catches fire.

Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires, home fire deaths, and fire injuries. Have

your furnace inspected and serviced once a year by a qualified professional. If you have a fireplace, have

your chimneys and vents cleaned and inspected each year, burn only dry, seasoned wood, use a

fireplace screen made out of metal or heat-tempered glass, and keep a covered metal container at least

10 feet away from the home or other buildings for the cooled ashes. Teach children to stay at least three

feet away from fireplaces, wood/pellet stoves, oil stoves, or space heaters. Only use portable space

heaters with an automatic shut off feature. Plug portable space heaters directly into an outlet, without

extension cords, and position them at least three feet from anything that can burn such as bedding,

paper, furniture, and walls, and turn them off before you leave a room or go to bed.

Candles are another leading cause of house fires. Consider switching to battery operated flameless

candles, especially for children. Keep candles well away (at least 12 inches) from anything that could

catch fire, and always blow them out when you leave the room or go to bed. Don’t burn them all the

way down, and never use candles if oxygen is used in your home. Lit candles should not be placed in

windows where blinds or curtains could catch fire, and should always be in a sturdy candle holder. Since

many times candles are used for religious purposes, if you must burn a candle continuously, be sure it’s

enclosed in a glass container placed in a sink, metal tray, or deep basin filled with water. Lit candles

placed on or near tables, altars, and shrines, must always be watched by an adult. Matches and lighters

need to be kept out of reach of children, preferably in a locked cabinet.

At ProtectUS Security, we do all we can to protect our clients from the tragedy of a fire in their home.

Our home security systems give you extra defense against the dangers of a potential fire, dispatching

the authorities faster, and allowing you to monitor your home, even when you’re away. We hope that

you allow us to help you choose the perfect home security system for your needs.

By Caro K/Liz G

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