Most people consider their homes to be their most important asset. Your home is more than likely going to be the most expensive purchase you ever make, so you want to be sure that you protect it as much as possible.
One of the primary concerns for homeowners is fire safety. There are some essential tips you can follow, however, that will help to keep your home and possessions safe.
- Always follow proper safety procedures if you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove. Even when these items are not in use, you need to make sure that they are properly maintained so they won’t become a fire hazard later on.
- Install plenty of smoke detectors. The number of smoke detectors that you need will ultimately depend on the size of your home, but a good rule of thumb is to have at least one installed on each level of your home. Make sure that you check the batteries at least once each year to ensure that the smoke detectors are working properly.
- If you have children, make sure they understand fire safety rules. They should be taught not to play with matches or lighters, and they should not be allowed to light candles (or anything else) without proper adult supervision.
- Keep a close eye on portable heaters. Don’t let them get too close to anything flammable, as they can easily cause fires. Also, it is generally a good idea to not let them run for extended periods of time because they sometimes overheat.
- Check the cords of your appliances periodically to make sure they are in good shape. Frayed wires and cords are a primary cause of household fires.
- Try to remember to unplug electrical appliances when they are not in use. This is particularly important for small kitchen appliances, bathroom appliances such as hair dryers and curling irons, and portable heating units.
- Don’t leave matches or lighters within easy reach of children. Always put these things away where your kids can’t get to them. Curious children can easily start fires quite by accident, so make sure that they don’t have access to these or other flammable items.
- Be careful with your candles. Candles can be wonderful for providing romantic lighting or pleasant fragrances to your home, but they can also be fire hazards if they are not handled properly. Never leave candles burning when you go out, even if you are only going outside for a minute or two, and never fall asleep with candles burning.
- Create an emergency plan should a fire ever occur within your home. This is an important step to take just in case you should ever encounter this problem. Each member of your family should know exactly what to do in case of a fire, including how to get out of the house and contact the fire department.
- Be careful when you are cooking or baking. Many fires start in kitchens, so it is extremely important that you remain alert and pay attention to what is going on around you when you are cooking or baking anything. Grease fires are a particularly nasty problem, so use extreme caution when frying foods. Learn ahead of time how you are supposed to handle a grease fire so that if it occurs you will know exactly how to respond.
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