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House Fire Prevention Tips

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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.

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