We’re almost a full month into 2019, and we hope your new year is off to a great start. As you’re taking stock of your goals, it’s worth spending a minute on the safety of yourself and your family while you’re at home. No one wants to think about the possibilities of a fire or other disaster but it’s important to be prepared. At Lancaster County Fire Rescue, our volunteer firefighters want you to make some fire safety resolutions for 2019. Here are three examples that will help protect your household.

1. Pay attention while you’re cooking

It doesn’t matter whether you consider yourself to be an aspiring chef or a novice cook. Kitchen fires can happen to anyone. Anytime you’re cooking, you need to keep some basic fire safety practices in mind. Forgetting about food that’s cooking (or failing to monitor it closely) is one of the main causes of house fires in America. To make things worse, kitchen fires are often difficult to extinguish quickly. Set reminders on your kitchen timer, stove, microwave, phone, or watch so you can check on your food. Never go outside while food is cooking – and definitely don’t leave home.

2. Talk about fire safety with your family

Fire safety starts at home. Make it a top priority in your household. Talk to everyone in your home about fire safety practices and potential hazards. Build a fire escape plan together and practice it regularly. Help your kids learn what to do in the event of a fire. Knowing about these risks and having a plan of action will help everyone stay safer.

3. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Finally, don’t forget to check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. These alarms save lives. When they don’t work, you and your family are vulnerable. Have the batteries stopped working? Replace them immediately. Are your alarms out-of-date? Get new ones. Don’t put yourself and your loved ones at risk when these devices can alert you to danger.

Need more information about fire safety? Call Lancaster County Fire Rescue today. Our volunteer firefighters help our community learn about fire hazards so that everyone can stay safe.