In 2018, Wildfires swept through the state of California. Both Southern and Northern California burning at the hands of dry weather and poor infrastructure. The truth is, no matter where you are in the world, a house fire can start at any given moment, if underprepared.
With some simple preparation like always having a home inventory list for insurance and preventative steps, you can fire-proof your home and protect your family from disaster. The last thing we would want is for your home to burn down when you easily could’ve prevented it. Described below are 10 easy ways you can protect your home from spontaneous fire outbreaks.
1. Use Extra Caution with Candles
The number one rule when enjoying the lovely aromatic scents of a high-quality candle it is ALWAYS a number one rule to never leave it unattended. In case of unexpected events, a candle can fall over and catch nearby items on fire. Make sure to remove all flammable items away like paper, blankets, clothing or any cleaning products.
2. Remember to Have a Fire Extinguisher in the House
Remember to keep a fire extinguisher in the house that is easily accessible to anyone that is home. Ideal areas would be underneath the kitchen sink or above the refrigerator. Keeping a fire extinguisher near any area of high-risk is a great idea. Scan and understand the instructions to make sure all components are working properly.
3. Check the Dryer or Get Fried
Many dryers in America are still made using gas technology. This means that these dryers come pre-built with mini flames known as pilot lights. If not taken care of, these flames can break and cause house fires. Always make sure to remove the lint from the catcher after each load of laundry and double check your lint trap.
4. Stay Present in the Kitchen When Cooking Or Using Any Appliances
Whether you are using the stove, the oven, microwave or even boiling water, you must remain in the kitchen at all times. External factors like oil or grease can spill over and cause a bigger fire. If you need to leave the area for an extended period of time, make sure to turn off the appliances. You can always turn it back on when you arrive again.
5. Regularly Check Your Smoke Detector
If a fire broke out and you were not awoken to extinguish it, a smoke detector would save your life. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly two-thirds of all house fire deaths are caused by homes without a smoke detector. Checking the battery power at least once a month is recommended to ensure your safety.
6. Check Wires for Defects and Frays
When you are sweeping or taking some time to clean the house it doesn’t hurt to check the current state of your wires. Frayed wires are one of the main causes of house fires. Reason being, they can start without anyone even being home. If you have a frayed wire, replace it immediately. The use of a surge protector will also help protect your valuables and electronic devices.
Maintenance is key to keeping your home and family protected and fire-proof. No matter where you live in the world, following these six simple steps could save your life. Damages caused by fires are devastating and irreversible so take the steps today to make these steps a daily or monthly routine.