How to Prevent Fire in Your Home
Keeping Your Home Safe from Fire Hazards
Did you know that a fire department in the US responds to a fire every 24 seconds? According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately $23 billion in property damage occurred due to fires in 2017. The numbers are alarming, which is why homeowners should take the necessary measures to ensure they don’t become part of the statistics.
Regardless of whether you are a long-time homeowner or you just recently bought a house, it is never a wrong time to start taking steps to prevent a fire in your home. Here are some simple tips that can help you prevent fires.
Never Leave a Burning Stove Unattended
About 48% of fires are cooking related. Whenever you are cooking, be sure to dedicate all of your attention to what you’re doing, primarily if you use a gas stove. Avoid walking away from the kitchen when something is on the stove. Be careful when cooking with oil or alcohol and use a timer when using the oven.
Be Careful of the Lights You Decide to Leave on
Leaving lights on when leaving the house is a habit most of us have. Be sure to evaluate the type of lights you will be leaving on. Pay close attention to the kind of material that the lamp or light fixture is made of as some material might catch on fire if the bulb gets too hot.
Avoid Overcrowding Extension Cords
Extension cords can come in very handy but plugging too many things in the same outlet can cause an electrical overload, as they would be carrying more electricity than they are designed to, which can lead to fires. Be sure to buy the right type of extension cord for your needs. Also, avoid using damaged cords. They can easily overheat and cause a fire.
Get a Smoke Alarm
Depending on the size of your home you may need more than one smoke alarm, but you should at least have one in your kitchen. Did you know that 40% of the homes where a fire was reported didn’t have a smoke alarm? These little devices can help prevent fires from reaching a point of no return.
Talk to you agent about the steps you are taking to help prevent fire in your home as they could make you eligible for discounts in your homeowner’s insurance policy. Keep your home safe while you save some money. Doesn’t that sound like a win-win situation?