5 Ways To Protect Your Home From Fires
October 3rd, 2019
Water damage to your home can be costly to repair, but a fire isn’t just expensive, it may be life-threatening. If you want to make sure your home and the family within it are safer, try following a few of these tips to increase your chances of preventing a fire.
Be Diligent About Smoke Alarm Usage
If you’re asleep when a fire occurs, the only things standing between you getting out in time, and waking up to realize you’re already trapped are the smoke alarms in your home. Take the time to ensure that you have at least one smoke alarm on every floor of the home, and make sure you test them periodically to ensure they are working. Make sure that everyone hears the smoke alarm go off when you test it, so that everyone in the household is familiar with the sound, and won’t mistake it for something else.
Keep A Fire Extinguisher
Small fires can, if you get to them fast enough, be put out quickly with the efficient use of a fire extinguisher. Always remember, however, that fire extinguishers can’t handle an inferno. If you have a grease fire in your kitchen, or a cigarette set a sofa armrest ablaze, a fire extinguisher can handle this. If an entire room is already on fire, you’re not equipped to deal with this. Place your fire extinguisher somewhere that is easy to access. Keeping one in the kitchen is always a good idea.
Don’t Walk Away From Cooking
There are some moments during the cooking process where there’s nothing to do but wait. However, if you’re not roasting something in the oven, it’s often better to stick around in the kitchen rather than leave the room to do something else. The #1 cause of fires in the kitchen is that cooking is left unattended, and a small bit of flame that could have easily been neutralized is left to run uncontrolled.
Exercise Candle Safety
Candles provide a small, warm touch of atmosphere to any home, but always remember you are dealing with naked, exposed flames. Always make sure your candles are placed on flat, steady surfaces, so they don’t fall. Make sure the candle holders themselves are sturdy, and if anyone in the home is using purified oxygen for medical reasons, enforce a strict, no-open-flame policy.
Be Smart With Electrical
Electrical fires can happen anywhere that negligence is allowed to creep in, so show discipline with your electrical usage. All major appliances like your fridge or window AC unit should be plugged into a wall socket, not drawing energy from an extension cord. Make sure that all electrical work is done by a licensed technician to ensure proper installation. If you’re buying a home, have an inspector come in to look at the wiring.
Fire damage to a home can be devastating, and it’s not something that the average renovator can necessarily deal with, but we can. If you need help with fire damage, contact Bio Star Services. We have the experience to assess your situation and provide you with a plan to get your home feeling like home again.