Fire safety is more than smoke detectors

By
Real Estate Agent with People's Choice Realty

No one wants to think about a fire starting in their home.

 The cautious homeowner will install smoke detectors and place a fire extinguisher under the kitchen sink but there’s more to fire safety than those items.

 Homeowners should have a detailed plan to not only prevent fires but also prepare for fires within the home. Fire safety begins by examining fire hazards throughout the home and planning escape routes from each and every room in the house.

 Let’s evaluate a high-utilized room in any home – the laundry room.

 Inspect the dryer to make sure there is no lint build-up inside the dryer or its exhaust duct and that the area behind the dryer is lint free.

 Moving on to the garage, keep in mind that many items are stored in the garage but oily rags should not be kept close to heat sources. They should be kept in air-tight containers.

 Inside the home, let’s spend some time in the kitchen. Homeowners should keep the stove clean of grease and food build-up. Towels, curtains, plastic utensils and potholders are stored away from the stove.

Snacks enjoyed by children, such as cookies, should not be stored above the store. A sneak attempt at a treat around a hot stove could be hazardous.

A great hazard, but appealing feature, is a fireplace. If you have a fireplace, make sure it has a screen, that the immediate area around it is free of clutter and flammable material, such as magazines.

While you’re fireproofing your fireplace, don’t neglect the chimney.

The chimney should be cleaned every year. It should also have fire-stop gypsum board at each floor penetration.

Exposed electric cords may be unsightly but you don’t want to place them under carpets or tape them against a wall. Check extension cords to make sure outlets aren’t overloaded.

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Eric Frantz - Realtor - People's Choice Realty

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Comments (8)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Eric- we can't hear this information often enough!  Our good friends had a fire in their home last May and are still in the process of rebuilding it.  Welcome to ActiveRain!

Feb 14, 2012 12:45 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Eric,  this is a good list.  Many of the items on the list are things that homeowners do not think  about!

Feb 14, 2012 01:03 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Excellent list of areas to check. Amazing how we sometimes don't see the obvious potential problem areas.

Feb 14, 2012 01:10 AM
Eric Frantz
People's Choice Realty - Tampa, FL
Eric The Realtor - Tampa Bay

I see you guys have huge activitiy on here.  Do you guys find that it directly helps with either your website ranking or attracting customers?  I'm sure I'm just scrathing the surface of what I can do here, but there's only so many hours in the day.  What do you guys do?

Feb 14, 2012 01:18 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Excellent tips Eric-the snacks above the stove is a new one-but I totally appreciate these tips, particularly living in NY and the cold weather  chaange of seasons we get here!

Feb 14, 2012 01:34 AM
Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

Welcome to the Active Rain family Eric.  You will have a grand time with these really nice and knowledgeable folks!

Feb 14, 2012 04:41 AM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Eric, You've come to the right place if you want to expand your business. There's a lot to learn here about many different things if you'll just jump in and try. Please let me know if I can be of help.

Feb 14, 2012 10:19 AM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Eric, welcome to AR! Yes it does help business. It will drive more activity to your website. Add a link to your website inthe body of every post. You will gain friends here and learn a lot about so many areas of the business. Enjoy!

Feb 14, 2012 11:02 AM