Keeping Your Home Safe from Fires

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Losing a home to a fire would be a devastating experience for anyone. When the weather starts to cool down we start to turn up the heat, but this means that we want to start taking the proper precautions to stay safe from fires. No one wants to go through the experience of having a fire in their home so we’ve put together some tips to prevent a fire from taking place in the first place.

Proper Use of Heaters

A common cause of fires is the improper use of home heaters. Despite the type of heater you are using for your home, you want to make sure you take the proper steps to make it safe. For a wood-burning fireplace, it is essential to clean the chimney to get rid of any flammable debris whether you hire a professional or do it yourself. For portable heaters, make sure to carefully read the instructions from the manufacturer and keep the heater clear from any flammable objects like drapes, paper or furniture. It is also important to remember to have your heating equipment inspected and maintained regularly.

Using Plugs Properly

Second to heaters, the improper use of wall outlets is the next leading cause of house fires. Overloaded wall outlets can easily spark and lead to a house fire. Careful and regular inspection of the wiring of appliances for shorts and tears can prevent sparks from occurring. Watch out for fuses that are rated too high for the circuits in your home. Last but not least avoid placing extension cords underneath furniture or rugs.  

Importance of Alarms

In the case of a fire, you want to be alerted as soon as possible so you can protect your home, valuables, and family. Many home security systems can alert you and the authorities when a fire occurs. With the option of adding smoke detectors on every floor you can rest assured that you will be alerted should a fire occur. Make sure to regularly check them to see if they are properly working. It is essential to replace the batteries at least twice a year to ensure the accuracy and reliability of your smoke detectors.

When you are aware of potential threats to your home that may cause fires you will be able to take steps to prevent them from happening. Remembering these steps can help you to protect what you value most. To check out the original blog post visit AMP Smart’s article on preventing fires in your home.