Saturday, March 17, 2018

5 Simple Tips to Fire-Proof Your Home

 Diana Smith is guest hosting today to talk about a very important topic, fire proofing your home is the most important to keep your family safe. Thanks Diana for a great topic.

Making sure your home is protected from fire needs to be one of your top priorities. Not only is this something that can put your property and assets at risk but it could even endanger the lives and well-being of your friends, family and roommates. While this may not be an issue that you are going to face every day, it is better to be ready for a fire emergency and never experience it than to let it catch you off-guard. With this in mind and without further ado, here are five simple tips to fire-proof your home.

Monthly inspection of fire alarms
One of the greatest problems with fire alarms is that people automatically assume that choosing the right manufacturer and placing them in the appropriate position solves all their problems. Sadly, this is usually not the end. Apart from this, you also need to keep in mind that they don’t last indefinitely, as well as that they need to be replaced every 10 years. Most importantly, you need to check them at least once a month. While it may sound exhausting, it is something that takes only several minutes of your time, however, it is crucial for the safety of all inhabitants. In order to ensure you don’t miss out on the regular inspection, try to schedule these inspections accordingly.

Watch out for the fire
Even though this suggestion may sound a bit obvious, we don’t mean that you should be on the lookout for accidental flames but fire sources you have ignited on your own. For instance, if you intend to throw a romantic candlelight dinner, you need to be mindful of the surrounding of these candles, be careful when around them and make sure that the platform they are on is as stable as possible. As for the fireplaces, make sure they are properly sealed and check your chimney at least once every year.
Not all fire comes from the indoor sources
During a particularly dry season, it is more likely that the fire hazard will come from the outside than from an indoor source. Therefore, you need to ensure your home’s exterior is neat and fire-proof. Piles of firewood, piles of leaves or even thrash should never be right next to your home, seeing as how this particular practice might horribly backfire. If the dryness is extreme, even a single spark can be enough to turn these unorthodox (well, apart from firewood) sources of fire into a blazing inferno.

Watch out for your home’s electrics
It is in our nature to be cautious around hot objects, which is why even the most irresponsible person will be careful in the kitchen, around candles and in front of the fireplace. However, most household fires don’t come from these sources but from the electrical ones. Therefore, it might be a good idea to get a commercial electrician to inspect your home and look for potential hazards. Some companies like Glenco Electrical Services specialize in both residential and commercial property maintenance, which is quite handy, seeing as how there is a great discrepancy between these two aspects of inspection.

Plan an escape route
Finally, you need to keep in mind that, sometimes, things happen even when you take all the necessary steps of precaution. When this happens, you need to think about the well-being of your family and friends, not worry about property damage. This means that you should A) plan an escape route, B) make sure that everyone left the building and C) contact the fire department as soon as you are at a safe distance.

At the end of the day, not a single one of these methods takes too much effort. As you can see, fire alarm inspection takes place once per month, electrical inspection when you notice something off (noise, odor or flickering), while chimney sweeping and inspection only need to be done once per year. Furthermore, even the most romantic of boyfriends/husbands don’t go for candlelight every single night. In other words, taking care of your home’s safety is definitely not a time-consuming process.

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