One very important part of securing your home is ensuring it is fire proof.
While a lot of new houses might not experience some of the fire hazards that older houses face such as faulty electrical or lighting; there are still a lot of things that count as hazards which if not addressed, could have devastating consequences.
According to the International Red Cross society, 45% of all home fires are caused by cooking equipment, which makes it the major cause of home fire accidents. Inappropriate use of heating equipments comes a close second.
Based on these statistics, here are a few tips to help you fire proof your home.
- Ensure smoke detectors are installed on every floor, this includes all bedrooms as well as open areas. Be sure to always check them periodically to ensure they are working properly.
- Keep a fire extinguisher ready at several places within the house but more especially in the kitchen as this is where a greater number of accidents happen.
- If you have a garage, remember to always take extra care with any stored chemicals or fuels. Also, ensure that you always refuel engines out in the open
- Do not overload power appliances and switch off any not in use.
- Never leave stoves, candles or any other open flames unattended.
- Keep matches or any other lighting equipments out of reach of children
- Clean the lint filter of your dryer each and every time you use it.
- Have a clearly written out escape plan which all members of your home read. Also, you can practice it from time to time so everyone knows what to do in an emergency.