A home fire can be a traumatic experience to say the least. Given the amount of damage to property and the risk of injury or death a house fire can cause, it goes without saying that you want to prevent fires from occurring in your home as much as humanly possible. In order to do this, you will need to take a few precautions. The following are four ways you can eliminate fire hazards in your home and help to keep your family safe.
Your house should be fitted with more than one smoke detector. Not only should you have more than a single smoke detector, but you need to test them each month to make sure they are working. You should also change the batteries twice a year. You can remember to do this every time you have to reset your clock for spring and fall time changes.
Clean Out Dryer Lint
You may think it is annoying to have to clean out your dryer’s lint trap every time you dry your clothes. Yet, this often neglected practice becomes less of an annoyance to those who realize that neglecting this one duty is responsible for nine out of every ten appliance fires in homes. Faulty appliances can also be fire hazards which can be a good reason for an AC replacement if your system is old or in disrepair.
It is common for people to burn candles or have a fire burning in the fireplace. Sometimes this is happening and you just fall asleep. You should never fall asleep with a fire burning in your home. All it takes is for the open flame to come in contact with something flammable and you will have a raging house fire on your hands. This is not something you want to be sleeping through either.
Another common cause of house fires is that they occur when you are cooking. To make matters worse, you might try to throw water on a grease fire and learn that this approach to stopping a house fire does not work so well. For grease fires, you will typically want to have a fire extinguisher, one designed for handling grease fires, hanging in close proximity to your stove for easy access in an emergency.
Home fires can result from a lot of different causes. From dryer lint to mishaps on the stove, it is easy to see that home fires can even arise from a number of common daily activities. With a little attention to safety precautions, you will be able to prevent house fires from destroying your place of residence. By doing this, you and your family will not have to find out just how traumatic a house fire can truly be.