House Fire Prevention Tips
Here is a list of the most frequent causes of fire-related losses and some preventative measures.
One main factor that starts house fires is faulty wiring and outlets.
Inspect your home's electrical cords for signs of fraying, and replace any that are.
Electrical cords should not be pinched or covered with objects like rugs.
Know the limits of the electrical system in your house. Avoid overusing your circuits. You might want to speak with a certified electrician if you have concerns about the electrical system in your home.
Recognize the difference between power strips and surge protectors. While both let you plug in multiple electronic devices, only the surge protector will shield them from a power spike. To protect pricey electronics like computers and televisions, use surge protectors.
Carelessness in the kitchen could start a house fire.
Never leave pots or pans on the stove unattended.
Know how to use a kitchen fire extinguisher and keep one nearby.
Keep your oven and stove spotless. When the stove or oven is turned on for cooking, built-up food splatter or grease could later catch fire.
Read on for more advice on how to put out cooking fires and what to do if one does break out.
Another frequent source of house fires is clothes dryers.
If you're installing your own dryer vent, use the recommended duct material and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Consider hiring a professional to install the vent if you are unsure of how to do it correctly.
Regularly clean the dryer vent.
The lint filter should be cleaned after each load.
Don't forget to clean the areas behind and under your dryer because lint may also accumulate there.
Alternative Heating Sources Could Pose a Fire Risk as Well.
Use modern space heaters instead of older ones because they may have better safety features. Make sure a new space heater is UL Listed and pay attention to the safety features when buying one.
Place a space heater far away from any furniture, drapes, or other items that might easily catch fire.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions if you intend to install an alternative heating system, such as a wood or pellet stove. Consider hiring a professional to install the system if you are unsure of how to do it correctly.
Make sure a wood or pellet stove complies with state and local regulations before installing it.
A Fire Hazard Resides in Dirty Chimneys.
Have a CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America)-certified chimney sweep inspect your chimney once a year. Hire a pro to clean and fix the chimney as necessary, especially before the winter when you will be using it a lot.
Only use seasoned wood. Never burn damp or green wood.
Never burn cardboard boxes, gift wrap, trash, or trees in your fireplace because these can all cause chimney fires.