Does the thought of losing your home to a fire send shivers down your spine? Here’s everything you need to know about preventing a house fire.
Homes are a place where you build memories that last a lifetime. And it’s nothing other than scary to even think of your home going through a disaster as petrifying as a fire.
And while accidents can happen, there are some safety measures you can take to minimize the risk of a fire erupting in your home. Here is a list of fire prevention tips for your home that will keep you and your loved ones safe.
Check Your Smoke Alarms Regularly
Smoke alarms are your first line of defense against a fire. Make sure you check the smoke alarm in your home regularly, ideally every month, to ensure that it’s in perfect condition. You can do this by pressing the little button on the face. If it beeps lightly, change the batteries immediately. With a properly functioning smoke alarm, you can stop a fire before it turns into a disaster
Most house fires start from the kitchen, as people tend to leave their food unattended on the stove. Remember, it’s only a matter of seconds until a fire erupts. In case you need to leave the kitchen due to some urgent task, make sure to switch off the stove. If that’s not possible, call someone into the kitchen to watch the food until you return.
Maintain All Appliance Cords
Faulty or frayed wires can easily lead to a fire. Therefore, you must take all safety precautions with all your appliance cords. Make sure to replace damaged or worn out cords immediately, never overload wall sockets or extension cords, and don’t situate cords underneath rugs or furniture. Moreover, don’t attempt to fit a three-slot plug into a two-slot outlet. Lastly, if you notice an electrical outlet or a light switch heating up or getting discolored, turn off the power to the socket or switch and replace it.
Practice Caution Around Your Fireplace
Make sure to have a fire fence to prevent the burning pieces of wood from rolling outside the fireplace, lighting your furniture or carpet on fire. An obvious precaution that we would like to reiterate is to never leave the room when the fireplace is going.
Before throwing away the ashes, allow them to cool down first. This will eliminate the risk of burning wood igniting the trash.
Install and Use Dryer Vents with Proper Care
If you’re installing your own dryer vent, thoroughly follow the instructions in the manufacturer’s guide and use the appropriate duct material. If you have any doubts about how to install the vent, get a professional for the job.
You might not think of your laundry room as a fire hazard but remember that dryer lint is a highly flammable material. Make sure to clean out the dryer vent frequently and clean the lint filter after every load. Lint can even accumulate behind and underneath your dryer so don’t forget to clean that area as well.
If your house has recently been through a fire disaster, get in touch with a fire damage restoration service to bring your house to its original state.
S.T.O.P provides 24/7 fire emergency services to help you minimize damage from the fire.