While we often discuss a range of situations that could compromise your home security presence, one that we rarely touch on is the potential threat of a house fire. No matter how unlikely it may seem to you that a house fire could occur, it’s important to put as much energy and thought into protecting yourself from this as you do to protecting yourself against home invasion. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the year 2012 saw 365,000 fires in American homes. Those fires resulted in 2,380 deaths, 12,875 civilian injuries and an estimated $5.7 billion in damages both private and public. While these numbers can be staggering at first glance, it’s important to recognize that establishing a safe line of defense against the threat of a house fire is actually a relatively simple process. Check out these tips for fire safety in your home, and remember to log on to www.protectamerica.com for all of your home security needs:

Know your extinguishers

You’ll want to make sure that your home is thoroughly protected against the threat of fire by stocking your house or apartment with extinguishers. You should plan on having no area in your home that doesn’t have a fire extinguisher accessible nearby, yet it’s important to note that not all fire extinguishers are the same. The devices are actually coded for use on different types of fires, the main fire extinguisher classifications being A, B, C, D and K. According to the United States Fire Administration, class A extinguishers are used on ordinary combustibles such as cloth, wood, paper and a variety of plastics. Class B extinguishers are for use on flammable liquids such as paint, oil or gasoline, while Class C extinguishers are intended to be used to combat fires stemming from faulty electrical equipment. Combustible metals are best dealt with using a Class D extinguisher and Class K is intended for kitchen fires starting from flare-ups involving grease or cooking oil.

Monitored smoke detectors

Monitored smoke detectors are an immensely valuable addition to any home security system. Like traditional smoke detectors, these devices should be placed in every room of your residence for optimal protection against fires. Our monitored detectors differ from standard smoke detection devices in that, as long as you subscribe to our home monitoring service, an external party monitors the system. Even when your home security system is disarmed, our detectors will note rapidly rising temperatures or smoke and contact the local fire department in the event of an emergency.

Have a plan

In the event of a true fire emergency, the most important thing is being able to ensure that you and your loved ones make it out unscathed. In order to make sure of this, it’s important to have a set crisis plan. Take some time and sit down with your family to talk about what you would do in the possibility of a fire. Identify all of the exits to the home and make sure each person has a clear understanding of what the safest escape routes would be depending on where the blaze is set.  This way, everyone will be considerably more prepared in the event of a real emergency situation.