At any given time, there are dozens of fire hazards in a home that go undetected or forgotten. While the risk of a fire in your home can decrease exponentially by investing in fire sprinkler installation and investing in fire alarm systems, it is important to understand and be able to notice these risks when they pop up in the home.
To make your home as safe as possible, here is a guide on how to prevent fire hazards from happening in your home. For each section, follow the tips in the bulleted lists.
Home heating systems
- Have an HVAC system specialist come clean and inspect your home once a year to cut down on dirt and debris clogging your machine.
- Never use a kerosene heater inside the home.
- If you have a portable heater, make sure to keep a two-foot radius around the machine clear of clothing and other items.
- When purchasing an in-home heater, make sure it comes with a safety shut-off switch that turns off when it is moved in case it topples over.
- Always roll up long sleeves when cooking.
- If you can, cook on the back burners of your stove.
- Clean all food scraps and grease from the stove as soon as they spill.
- When cooking with grease, do not use water as it will only ignite a flame.
- If you can, cook with pans that don’t have long handles.
The electrical system
- Always put covers on electrical outlets that are going unused.
- Never store electrical wires under furniture because friction of the furniture rubbing against the cord can cause frayed wires.
- Stay away from electrical extensions — it can be all too easy to overuse them and cause a fire hazard.
Even if you are diligent about eliminating fire hazards in your home, accidents do happen. So to stay as safe as possible, it is crucial to install different types of fire protection services into your home. In fact, the combination of automatic sprinklers and fire alarm systems in all buildings could reduce overall injuries, loss of life, and property damage by at least 50%.
If you have any questions about how you can make your home safe from fire hazards, please contact our professionals today.