Fire Prevention Tips for the Home

Posted by Steve Minino on Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 4:38pm

Smoke AlarmJust this past Thursday, a fire at an apartment building at 144th St. and West Maple Rd. rendered 30 residents (possibly more) homeless. All those inside the building were evacuated, and none were injured, although one person was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. In December, another residential fire destroyed homes in a building just minutes from Thursday's fire. The December fire was caused by something burning that was not properly extinguished, and this may have been the case for the most recent fire too. Your home is likely your biggest investment, so we'd like to provide some tips to help prevent these awful fires:

Sometimes it can be almost impossible to put out a fire once it's started, which is why it's such a good idea to follow some strategies for prevention. Of course, even the best plans can be forgotten in the midst of a stressful situation. For that reason, it's important to ensure that you have homeowner's or tenant's insurance, and to review your policy to make sure you know what kinds of scenarios your insurance covers.

To find out how you can help those displaced by this fire, contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit