02 Aug How to Minimize the Risk of Fire in Your Home
With the rise of rampant wildfires across the United States, especially in areas like California, it is more important than ever to make sure your home is protected against the risk of fire. The American Red Cross reports that house fires cause $7 billion in property damage each year. Taking the extra precautions to ensure the safety of your property can keep you from becoming part of this statistic.
When things get out of hand and fires do occur, however, All Dry USA can help file insurance claims and repair the damage dealt to your home. You don’t have to feel alone when these sorts of tragedies happen—call us today and schedule an appointment to help repair your home.
However with this guide, you won’t need to worry about getting to that point. Here’s everything you need to know about preventing house fires on your property.
What are The Main Causes of Fires?
The first step to knowing how to protect your home against fire is learning how they start.
Of course, the most common place that fires occur in the home is in the kitchen. When we’re using hot objects and appliances, it can be easy to forget to turn the oven or the hotplate off. You should never leave your cooking unattended – that’s automatically putting your home at risk of fire.
Heaters are also a common cause of fire. If you use a portable heater, you should be sure to keep it away from flammable objects like curtains or blankets. Always make sure to get a furnace or fireplace inspected to ensure that it is up to code as well.
Light sources, such as lightbulbs or candles, are also very hazardous materials. When you replace a lightbulb, check and see that the lampshade or cover is not close enough to the bulb to burn it. And of course, anything with an open flame is ripe to set things on fire. Never leave a candle burning unattended or for long periods of time.
These are some of the most common fire starters in the home. Now we can take a look at how to prevent such things from destroying your house and other valuable property.
Test Your Smoke Alarms
You should always make sure your smoke alarms are working in your home. They can help detect fire in its early stages and keep flames from spreading to the rest of your house.
Place at least one smoke detector or smoke alarm on every level of your house and every bedroom. To be especially careful, you can even add them to your hallways and the tops and bottoms of stairways. Adding them to garages, basements, and attics can also be useful if you have these types of rooms in your home.
If you have battery-operated smoke detectors, you should be checking that the batteries are operating at least once a month. Your alarm should be able to make noise when the battery is running low. Batteries should be replaced at least twice a year: once in the spring and once in the fall, or as needed.
You may instead have a smoke alarm that is powered directly to the electricity in your home. These are more dependable in the long run, and often also have a battery pack for backup in case of electrical outages.
Regardless of the type of smoke alarm you own, proper maintenance and upkeep should help minimize the risks of fire in your house in the long run.
Always Have a Fire Extinguisher Handy
On top of having a properly-working smoke alarm, you should also own a fire extinguisher in case a small fire happens within your home. You should at least have a working extinguisher in high fire risk areas like the kitchen and around the fireplace, if you have one. Always read the instructions and make sure all members of your family are properly taught to use the extinguisher so they can be prepared if they ever need to use it.
Keep Flammable Products Stored Properly
Simple household items like hairspray, shaving cream, and cleaning sprays are often highly flammable. Make sure to store these products away from all heat sources in cool, dry areas. You should also educate the rest of your household on the dangers of improperly storing these flammable objects.
Though fire safety is a scary thing to think about and prepare for, it is always a good idea to keep yourself educated on the ways to minimize fire risk.
If you do find yourself dealing with the aftermath of a house fire, companies like All Dry USA are trained to restore fire-damaged property. We can help if a fire-related emergency in your home does occur.