Fire damage to your home can be expensive and cause a lot of stress. Even worse, it can cause severe injury or even death. Fortunately, many home fires can be avoided with a few easy precautions. You, as a homeowner, should do a few things to secure your house from fire damage and protect your family and yourself. Let’s go over some simple ways to protect your home from fire damage.
Be Careful When Cooking
Many house fires start in the kitchen and involve cooking equipment. Unfortunately, these fires often break out due to negligence. So, it is important you remain aware of potential fire hazards when cooking in the kitchen. Some simple things homeowners often forget include:
- Forgetting to turn the stove off.
- Cooking when intoxicated.
- Using a grill indoors
- Allowing small children or pets near the stove
The easiest way to prevent kitchen fires is never to cook while intoxicated and avoid leaving open flames and heat sources unattended.
Test Your Smoke Alarms
Every home should have smoke detectors on each floor of the house and near the common areas. But, just having the alarms is not enough. You must test your smoke alarms regularly to ensure they are working properly. Batteries can wear out over time or die. So, it’s essential to test batteries once per month, replace batteries once or twice per year, and replace the whole smoke alarm every ten years.
Keep Heat Sources Away from Flammable Items
If you have space heaters, holiday lights, lamps, or other heat sources, you need to keep them away from anything that is flammable. This includes linens, blankets, curtains, clothes, and more. If a lamp were to fall over on a pile of pillows, it could release enough heat to start a fire. This is also true if your holiday lights are too close to your curtains or rugs. Be sure that you keep all heat sources at least three feet away from flammable surfaces to prevent any potential fires.
Keep Fire Extinguishers Handy
Along with smoke alarms, fire extinguishers are an essential part of fire prevention. You should have at least one fire extinguisher on each level of your home and focus on areas such as the kitchen and laundry room. Also, be sure that every member of your household knows how to operate the extinguisher properly.
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