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What Are Three Things You Can Do To Prevent A Fire From Occurring In Your Home?

Throughout the United States, a fire department is called every 24 seconds. House fires are a terrifying prospect for any homeowner. Unfortunately, they’re also very common. So how can you protect your family from becoming a statistic?

There are several common causes of home fires. In this blog post, our team at All Dry USA explains how you can prevent fire from occurring in your home. Whether you live in an apartment in Illinois or a craftsman home in North Carolina, these three tips will help keep your house safe, secure, and fire-free.

1) Check Your Home Appliances

Appliance Fire

The average American home contains a wide range of appliances (1 in 4 households own more than one fridge!) From washing machines to microwaves, these machines are vital to our everyday lives. But if they’re not properly maintained, they can also pose a serious threat to your family.

One of the most important steps you can take to prevent fire is to check your home appliances on a regular basis. There are various parts of your appliances that can potentially become hazardous, so you should make sure that they’re working safely.

Here’s how to check your appliances:

  1. Ensure that your appliances are clean. A build-up of grease inside your cooker, microwave, or fryer can be incredibly dangerous. This is because grease is flammable, and can create flames if the temperature of your appliance becomes too high.
  2. Check the vent hood of your cooker. Make sure that the filter is clean and replace it if necessary.
  3. If your appliances are plugged into the mains, check the power cords. These should be fully intact without any damage to the insulating coating.
  4. Regularly clean out the lint trap of your clothes dryer. Any waste in your trap can become hot during use, creating a fire risk over time.

 

2) Install A Smoke Alarm

If you already have safety smoke alarms installed in your home, it’s vital to make sure that they are in good working order to prevent fire. Smoke is a real killer! If you don’t have any, consider installing some as soon as possible.

This is one of the easiest ways to prevent fire from occurring and causing serious damage to your property. A reliable smoke alarm will give you great peace of mind – and if the worst should happen, it could even save your life.

When installing your smoke alarms, place one on every level of your home. All of your bedrooms should be near enough that, if they went off, the volume would wake you up in the night.

Install Smoke Alarm

How regularly you’ll need to monitor your smoke alarm will depend on the type you buy. Battery-powered safety smoke alarms need to be checked frequently to make sure that the battery hasn’t run. AC-powered safety smoke alarms are a lot more resilient, but it’s a good idea to install a battery-powered backup too in case a power cut occurs.

3) Be Careful Where You Place Your Candles

Candle Fire Home

Scented candles are one of the most popular home accessories. Although they are no longer necessary as a light source, the demand for candles as a home décor product is quickly increasing – and with it, so too is the risk of house fire.

Can’t resist your favorite Yankee candle scent? The good news is that you can always do things to prevent fire and make sure that you’re enjoying your products safely.

The most important rules are never placing your candles near soft furnishings, such as cushion or candles, and don’t leave them burning if you leave the room.

It’s also good to buy a stable candle holder that will reduce the risk of your candles falling over while they’re burning.

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To prevent fires you should follow these three tips to safeguard your home, protect your property, and keep your loved ones safe. The more you prepare ahead of time, the less damage you’ll have to deal with later.

If you’d like to learn more  about our fire damage restoration services, get in touch with our team at All Dry USA!

Ben Suiskind
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