How To Reduce Home Fire Hazards

A house fire can devastate your family, taking away heirlooms, photos, and everyday necessities. That’s not a loss anyone wants to face. Fortunately, this kind of disaster is typically preventable—you just need to think ahead and take some precautions. Check out these few tips to help you reduce fire hazards in your home.

 

Install and check smoke detectors.  

 

This is one of the more basic ways to reduce fire hazards. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, both inside and outside sleeping areas. Remember to replace the batteries once per year and test your alarms once per month. You also need to replace any that are at least 10 years old.

 

Never smoke inside.

 

We don’t recommend smoking anyway, but if you do, you should always light up outside. Stand at least 25 feet from the nearest door and stay clear of any flammable material. You should also remember to completely stub out your cigarette butts when you’re done.

 

Be careful while cooking.

 

Obviously, the kitchen is full of fire hazards, so you have to stay aware while preparing meals. Don’t drink alcohol while cooking, avoid loose clothes, and never leave the kitchen unattended while your stove is on. Finally, keep children away from the oven and other dangerous appliances.

 

Watch portable space heaters.

 

Only purchase space heaters that are designed to shut off when they fall over and remember to keep flammable objects at least three feet away from them. You also need to place your heaters on level, nonflammable surfaces, and out-of-reach for children and pets. And again, never leave them unattended.

 

Use candles safely.

 

We know candles can make a room welcoming and homey, but they can be significant fire hazards, as well. Place lit candles away from flammable objects and out of the reach of small children and never leave them unattended. However, if you want to play it extra safe, you can switch to flameless candles.

 

If a fire ever occurs in your home, a good home insurance policy could mean the difference between getting back on your feet and continuing to struggle. Call one of our agents to review your options.