Fire Prevention: Is Your Home a Risk?

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Fire, yikes! That is something you do not want to think about, but if made to, you know that a fire can quickly tear through your home and destroy it in a matter of minutes. Sometimes, your home has a lot of fire hazards in it and you do not even know. For instance, did you know that a bunch of newspapers and magazine piled up can accelerate the fire and help it burn?

Below, we will go over some different fire prevention tips to help you ensure that your home is safe and won’t go up in flames while you are away.

  1. Keep Flammable Items Away from Heat

If you have items that are flammable, make sure that you keep them away from heat. In fact, you should prevent storing items in your kitchen when they pose a fire risk.

If you are unsure if an item is a fire risk, read the label and find out. Often, the label will tell you if the item needs to be placed in a certain area where temperatures do not exceed a certain degree. Make note of this and follow it.

  1. Avoid Space Heaters

While many people do like to use space heaters, you want to try to avoid them as best as possible. If a space heater falls over, it can quickly catch a carpet on fire and the fire can spread before you even realize the heater has toppled over. It is best to just avoid them and find an alternative to keep warm.

  1. Smoke Alarms Are Your Friend

You NEED to have working smoke alarms in your home. Sometimes, people will have a smoke alarm in their home and it does not work or does not have batteries in it. You should test your alarms often and make sure that you do not remove the battery for the sake of turning on the alarm, as it is designed to help prevent serious injuries and death.

  1. Grease is Dangerous

It is important to make sure that you are always careful when you cook with grease. Grease is a dangerous substance that can quickly catch on fire and cause a lot of harm. In fact, a grease burn can seriously injure you and leave you with a reminder of what happened.

If you plan to cook with grease, watch the temperature and keep an eye out for any sings that a fire may start. Also, keep some salt next to you because can help you put out the fire. (Please keep in mind that it does take a lot of salt, so this works best for small fires.)

  1. Don’t Overcrowd Your Home

You have heard of the hoarding stories, well, these homes are a fire risk. Make sure that you keep your home free from clutter to prevent a fast spreading fire. If you need additional room, consider placing your items in a storage unit.

Fires are serious and can lead to total destruction of your home and they can also cause serious injuries and death. Make sure that your home is safe and follow the prevention tips above.

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