All you’d need to do is look away a few minutes and a single flame could ignite a devastating widespread fire in your home. A flame should be viewed like a living thing, constantly in search of fuel to sustain it, and your home is likely full of just the fuel it needs. Drywall, floorboards, furniture, and most of your personal property is fire fuel, and all it takes is one small flame to catch and grow this fire with shocking speed.
For the most part, fire is a preventable disaster. Taking steps to reduce fire risk in your home is the best way to prevent these catastrophic events from happening.
Protecting Yourself From Common Fire Hazards
There are common fire hazards lurking in just about every corner of your home. Some of these may come as a surprise, and some might be areas you closely watch already. Protecting yourself from common fire hazards in each portion of your home includes:
- In the kitchen – The kitchen is a big location for potential fire hazards. You have the oven, the stove top, coffee pots, microwaves, toaster ovens, and other electrical appliances whose primary function is creating a heat source for preparing foods. It’s important to keep all curtains, towels, and paper away from your stove top, it’s important to keep the microwave area clutter free, and a fire extinguisher should be located in close proximity to the stove just in case a fire breaks out. If a grease fire catches on the stove, never pour water on the fire, but smother it if you’re able.
- Heating and electrical systems – Heating and electrical systems run all throughout the home. If you’re using a space heater, make sure to keep it at least 3 feet away from any object that may catch fire, and multiple heating appliances should never be plugged into the same outlet. For those with fireplaces, scheduling regular cleanings is important to get rid of soot and debris. Electrical wiring should be checked frequently, and power strips should never be overloaded.
- In the laundry room – The laundry room is a room that many don’t really think of when it comes to fire hazards, but it should be. Regular inspections should be scheduled for your dryer, and the lint screen should be fully cleaned between each load. When laundry rooms are located in basements or other often unseen areas of the home, fires can catch and spread quickly without the right preventative measures.
Keep Your Home Safe And Protected
For every family, keeping your home safe and protected from fire is an important job. However, if a fire should break out, it’s important to know that you have professionals on your side to help you to recover from the damage. At Disaster Response we work to restore your home after a fire does its worst, saving your property and helping you to move forward. If your home requires restoration after any sort of disaster, let us help you at Disaster Response today.