Home Fire Safety: 3 Top Fire Hazards in Your Home
Too many homeowners lose life, family, and property to fires each year. And the fire is sometimes preventable.
According to the NFPA, home structures represented 73% of fires in structures in the US in 2018. Knowing this statistic, it’s important to understand how to prevent fires in the home.
Here are three of the areas you should focus on.
3 Home Fire Hazards to be Aware of:
Yes, we all love a good home-cooked meal. But did you know that cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires? It’s often because meals are left unattended. So, don’t cook if you’re tired or cannot devote your full attention to what you’re doing.
Take a look at the NFPA cooking fire safety instructions and take care of yourself and your family.
If you or family members smoke, please note that this is another way you are endangering your family’s life. Forgotten cigarettes, pipes that aren’t out properly can all lead to a little spark that turns into a major problem.
So, smoke outside. Keep your matches and lighters away from your kids. And before you throw away cigarette butts, make sure they are fully out.
3. Electrical Problems
Another contributor to fires in the home is the state of your electrical system. If your property isn’t wired correctly or the wiring is old and frayed, you could face electrical fires. Or, a fire could be sparked if your system cannot handle the types of equipment you have, and it gets overloaded. Overheated appliances like heaters and dryers are also another source of electrical fires.
So, don’t overload your electrical circuits. Get an electrician to check your home’s wiring, and repair or replace loose and damaged cords and wiring.
3 Fire Protection Tools
Fire prevention in the home includes the tools that you have at your disposal. So, ensure you have these 3 things in your home:
- Fire/smoke detectors
- Fire extinguishers
- Monitored fire alarms
In no time, a small flame can become a major life-threatening blaze. If you want to assess your fire safety readiness and the quality of the systems you have in place, contact ATP Alarms.