How to Fireproof Your Home

Safety

It does not take much for a fire to grow out of control nor you need to be careless to find yourself in a fire situation. All it takes is a spark, an inflammable material and a second or two of not paying attention. For that reason you should never underestimate the risk of a fire and fireproof your home the best you can.

It is not always possible to prevent a fire but the following measures will help you significantly reduce its risk as well as related property damage and human injuries:

  • If you are building a new home or renovating the old one, make sure to use materials that do not easily catch on fire and follow the fire safety standards all the way.

  • Instal fire safety systems such as smoke detectors or/and fire sprinklers which have dramatically reduced the number of fire-related injuries and fatalities. Be sure, however, to test your fire safety systems on a regular basis so that they will actually work in case of a fire.

  • Invest in a quality fire extinguisher. Ideally, you should have a fire extinguisher in every floor in order to be able to react quickly because prompt action can prevent a small fire from turning into a disaster. Also, teach all your family members how to use a fire extinguisher properly and regularly check it for leaks and signs of damage.

  • Never leave an open fire unattended, especially burning candles and open fireplaces.

  • Keep electric heaters away from potentially flammable materials such as curtains and do not leave them on when you are not in the room.

  • The heat from lamps is another potential source of disaster. Make sure to keep it away from flammable materials and turn it off when leaving the room. Always use a professional re lamping company. .

  • Have your heating system checked by a professional once a year regardless of which system you use. Also, be sure to have your chimney cleaned at least one per year or more often if burning logs.

  • Clean around your home often, especially dry leaves, prunes, plants and other easily inflammable materials.

  • Be careful with the cigarettes. Never smoke in your bed and make sure to that the cigarettes are really extinguished before emptying your ashtray. Also, pay attention to embers.

  • Do not overload your electrical circuits and have your electrical wiring checked by an electrician if you live in an older house because poor electrical wiring is one of the most common causes of fire. Also, be sure to call an electrician if noticing your electrical outlet or an appliance overheating.

  • Educate your children about the dangers of fire but keep all the matches out of their reach because children are often unaware of the danger they are putting themselves into when playing with objects such as matches.

  • Have an emergency plan. A fire can happen to anyone and for that reason you should make a fire escape plan and make sure that all your family members know exactly what to do.