Finishing Your Basement

Keep Your Home Safe From Fire During An Addition Construction And At All Times

If you're in the process of adding a new bedroom to your home, you may think of everything but fire safety. However, a fire is always a hazard in a construction environment, so it's best to be prepared since the construction is right next to your house. Your contractor will follow fire safety rules as required during building construction, but you may also want to make sure the rest of your home is safe from fire in the following ways.

Install Smoke And Fire Alarms

Make sure you have alarms in your home that detect the presence of heat and smoke so a fire can be detected in its early stages. You'll want more than one alarm and the alarms should be tested regularly to make sure the batteries are good. These alarms are essential whether you're having an addition built or not. They are a fundamental step in protecting your family in case a fire breaks out in your home.

Buy Fire Extinguishers For Your Home

Your house should have a fire extinguisher on each level that's easy to reach and use as long as it's safe for you to fight the fire. There are several types of fire extinguishers, so buy the right kind for home use. A good choice is a combination extinguisher that can be used on paper, grease, and electrical fires. These are ABC extinguishers, and having them in your home keeps you from using the wrong extinguisher on the fire. For instance, extinguishers made specifically for paper contain water that is dangerous to use on an electrical fire.

Practice A Family Fire Plan

Decide who will use the fire extinguishers in your home and train them in the right way to pull the pin, aim the nozzle, and extinguish the fire. Also, be sure everyone knows when it's safe to fight a fire and when it's best to just evacuate quickly. An extinguisher is to be used on small fires, such as a wastebasket fire or a fire in a skillet. In addition to learning about fire extinguishers, teach your kids how to evacuate their rooms and where to meet when out of the house. Establish a fire safety plan and practice it occasionally so everyone knows what to do in an emergency.

By having a good fire safety plan in place and installing alarms and extinguishers, your home is always prepared for a fire. You'll have everything you need for routine life and how to deal with occasional increased risks such as when you have an addition built or when you undertake other projects around the home. 


If you're looking for help with making your home more safe in the case of fire, turn to a company such as Amerisafe for fire extinguishers and more.