Posted June 16th, 2015 by Fire & Life Safety America

Fire safety consists of many key methods to follow to ensure a residential area or business is protected and maintained properly. It is important to stay informed about the basics of fire and what to do in case of a fire. Here are a few facts you may not have known about fire. In addition, check out some of the ways to avoid preventable causes of fires.

  1. Approximately 26 percent of families have a fire escape plan for their house that they have created and have practiced, according to the American Red Cross. Fire escape plans are very important to develop for a house or commercial property. Everyone in the house or business should be aware of the fire safety plan and participate in fire drills. During each drill, make sure the plan still applies and exits are still easily open. Another key portion of the plan is the meeting place. Choose a proper and convenient location to meet in case of a fire.
  2. The main cause for heating equipment being on fire is the lack of cleanliness and maintenance of the equipment, according to the National Fire Protection Association. For example, chemicals, such as creosote, can accumulate in chimneys and cause issues. Chimneys and fireplaces should be cleaned and maintained properly to avoid these preventable issues.
  3. For home fires with appliances such as ovens, 17 percent of the fires were a result of not keeping the appliances clean, according to the NFPA. Make sure to clean your kitchen appliances in your home or office space and to take the right fire safety precautions when cooking.
  4. A proper way to keep a house safe is to have interconnected smoke alarms, according to First Alert. These alarms should be in each floor in the residence and should also be in bedrooms. A code by the NFPA does require these alarms for new buildings. Make sure to have the right smoke alarms in a house or commercial building to keep the property safe.
  5. Home fires are the main type of disaster threat to families in the United States, according to the American Red Cross. Make sure your home has smoke alarms, fire sprinklers, fire extinguishers, and other essential fire safety equipment to control and prevent fires.
  6. There were approximately 1.39 million fires in 2011 in the United States. This is a 19.5 percent decrease in fires since 2002, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
  7. There were 487,500 structure fires in 2013 throughout the United States. This is an increase of 1.5 percent since 2012. These fires were associated with $9.5 billion in damage to property, according to the NFPA.
  8. Smoke alarms will work for about 10 years. A significant part of fire safety is having the right equipment, and the equipment should be working properly. Make sure to check your equipment on a regular basis and repair or replace equipment that is not working as a part of your fire safety plan. Smoke detectors are important for office spaces as well. For example, make sure there are smoke detectors in kitchens and break rooms.
  9. Approved parts of exits and exit accesses include hallways, walkways, and the right stairs. Ladders and windows are usually not approved for exits, based on NFPA standards and codes. Make sure all exits in commercial buildings are properly labeled and follow fire safety codes.
  10. A common reason for fires to start in workplace environments includes misused and damaged electrical equipment. Make sure electrical equipment, such as circuits and extension cords, is used properly in the office.

Fire and Life Safety America can assist with you with your fire safety needs. FLSA provides fire safety services for different industries including healthcare, hospitality, retail, and industrial. It is important to understand key details about fire and to be aware of the steps to take in case of a fire. Contact FLSA today for help with fire safety in your