How to Protect Your Home from Fire Accidents

A fire is a threat to any home. Many homes are built from wood and filled with various flammable materials. As such, households that don't prioritize fire protection can easily turn into a dangerous environment for engulfing flames. 

Every year, thousands of calls are made to fire departments relating to homes on fire. If you want to avoid being another statistic, there are some important fire prevention strategies anyone can use. Here is how you can protect your home from fire:

1. Smoke Detectors

Ensure your fire alarms are working. Similarly, ensure your smoke detectors have batteries and are fully functional. Smoke detectors should be placed strategically around your home, i.e. kitchens, hallways, etc. Ensure there are smoke detectors on every level of your property, like your basement or on the second floor. Smoke detectors are the #1 fire prevention strategy any property can use. 

2. Fire Extinguisher

It's vital to keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen or somewhere nearby. Should there ever be a small fire, a fire extinguisher quickly addresses the trouble before it becomes something far more difficult to manage. Some homeowners also keep a shovel within close proximity for similar purposes. These are tools that can be used to minimize fire spreading, saving your home and minimizing damage.

3. Fire Doors

Fire doors allow you more time to escape and they are a way to contain fire that's rapidly spreading. By reducing the spread of fire, some door models are said to hold back flames and smoke for up to one hour. This allows plenty of time for you to get out and for the fire department to show up.

4. Fire-Proof Flooring

Synthetic and wool carpets accelerate the spread of fire. There are, however, many fireproof carpets that can be used to blanket the floor with fire-retardant chemicals. You can also transition from a carpeted floor to a non-flammable flooring type. Hard tiles will help prevent a fire from moving from one floor to the other.

5. Safely Store Combustible Materials

Combustible materials are a danger when there's a fire present or when there's a risk of fire. Be wise in how you store them. A locked container can help keep combustibles safe and contained. If you have a BBQ, keeping it away from your home is also a smart move. Its canister can potentially explode in a fire and worsen the situation in a big way.

6. Maintain Your Lawn

Rake up leaves and get rid of them. Keep bushes and trees trimmed. Maintain your lawn. A lightning strike, a hot day, or a myriad of circumstances can accidentally result in a fire. If a property does not have a large lawn and is quite close to elements such as leaf piles, the risk of fire increases.

7. Keep Your Gutters Free

Just like you would with leaves on the ground, you want to avoid clusters of leaves and debris being kept in your gutters. Keep the gutters open and clean. Any outdoor spaces or openings, attics included, should be kept free from flammable materials, leaves, twigs, and anything else.

8. Clear Your Home's Surroundings

If there is highly flammable debris on your property or if you have materials around your home conducive to fire, remove them. If you can't remove them fully, make some modifications in location. Look at placing things away from your home as best as possible so that fire doesn't transfer from a property's surroundings onto your home.

9. Use Fire-Resistant Aluminum Roofing

A lot of house fires start from blowing embers across rooftops. Asphalt shingle roofing needs replacement on average 10-15 years. When it comes time to replace yours, opt for metal roof panels or something similar, which are typically coated and highly fire-resistant. This greatly minimizes the risk of blowing embers causing a fire. It will protect your home in a big way.

10. Fire-Resistant Renovation Materials

You can't exactly control what your home was built from. If you make any renovations though, this becomes an opportunity to use fire-resistant construction materials to do the work. You can render your home a lot safer by choosing the best anti-fire materials. Admittedly, it's sometimes unavoidable to choose materials that aren't specialized.

11. Remove Combustible Outdoor Furniture

Jute, fibre, and other eco-friendly outdoor furniture can be highly flammable as it's dry, all-natural material. Be careful if you live in an area that is prone to forest fires or if there are other unavoidable fire hazards nearby. Consider either removing this outdoor furniture altogether or replacing it with something more fire-resistant.

12. Maintain Your Electrical Circuit Board

Maintain your fuses, outlets, and electrical circuit board. If you notice sparks or smell burning, something's wrong. You do not want to wait to fix an electrical issue in your home. It can very easily start a fire and it's not always visible. Lots of wire and cable runs behind your walls. Fix electrical problems quickly and with long-lasting solutions.

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