- The earlier you know about a potential fire in your home, the faster you can react – and the more you can prevent major damage. A fire alarm system can be as simple as a smoke detector, or as complex as a connected system that is monitored externally and takes care of contacting the local fire department as soon as danger is detected.
- Think of a fire extinguisher in your home as your first aid system. Ideally, you can use it to curb the fire before it escalates. Of course, you can choose between a wide range of extinguishers for your exact needs. Bigger is not necessarily better. Especially in smaller houses, a large industrial extinguisher will be difficult to handle, especially by children. Pay special attention to the chemicals used, some of which may be corrosive and actually increase the damage. Proper placement of the extinguisher is also vital.
- According to some estimates, a sprinkler system can reduce the destruction a house fire causes by up to 90 percent. That’s because they immediately spray a budding fire with water, preventing it from spreading.