State Farm encourages homeowners to make fire prevention an important part of their overall home safety plan.
Here are some steps homeowners can take to reduce the chances of house fires:
- Installing a smoke alarm and regularly checking the batteries can go a long way towards saving lives and property. According to the National Fire Safety Association, three out of five home fire deaths result in fires where there are either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- Caution should always be taken when lighting candles and operating fireplaces and it's a good idea to never leave an open flame unattended.
- Always keep flammable products in a cool, dark place and in their original containers.
- Never leave the kitchen while cooking.
- Consulting with your local fire department on an appropriate fire extinguisher for your home can help protect your family in the event of a fire.
- After checking local ordinances for outdoor burning regulations, use extreme caution when burning leaves and other outdoor fires. Embers can travel great distances and start fires.