Your home is a safe haven and a comfort zone for you and your family. It is where you build memories with your loved ones and a place you feel the safest. That’s why being a responsible homeowner you should have the knowledge on how to reduce your chances of having a house fire, to protect you and your family from this unwanted accident.
Here are the 3 Best Ways to Prevent a House Fire.
Unplug Electronics When Not in Use
Not only can you save up to 10% of the cost of your electricity bill by simply unplugging your electronics, but you can also reduce the risk of your items heating up and eventually causing fire.
Plugged in electronics still consumes electricity even when it’s off it never truly shuts down, instead they sit in standby mode. Examples of these are computers, TVs, electric fans and many more. As long as it is connected on the power line, there is still electricity running on it. So make it a habit of unplugging appliances when you’re not using them. You can use a power strip to easily unplug them all at once instead of having to unplug everything individually but keep in mind not to overload the power strip to avoid what we call an octopus electrical connection that can cause electrical mishaps.
By unplugging your electronics when not in use can help you eliminate chances of a fire.
Install Smoke Detectors
Having a smoke detector in your house is such a great investment since they can detect early signs of fire right away and this will help you save lives. Just make sure that your smoke alarms are installed properly, it is best to put them on the ceiling to get the earliest warning. If it’s not applicable on the ceiling you can put it on the wall, keep it 10cm away from the ceiling to avoid dead air pockets.
Also, put it on your schedule to check your smoke detectors at least once a month and replace the batteries when needed to make sure that they are working well. This way, you’ll have the confidence that you’ll be warned when a fire breaks out, letting you catch the problem before it becomes an emergency.
Keep Flammable Products Safely
Keeping your flammable products away in a safe place can give you a sense of relief that there won’t be any unwanted dangers that can potentially harm your loved ones and burn your precious belongings.
Gasoline, paint thinners, bleach, and alcohol are some examples of flammable materials to keep in mind. While matches, lighters, and igniters should always be stored out of children’s reach to prevent them from mistaking it as a toy.
Store flammable materials inside proper containers and keep them in a cool, dry place. It is recommended that you secure these items outdoors, or in a separate outbuilding. If you don’t have a separate storage area, just make sure that it is in a safe distance away from anything that could react with them.
These are just some of the many ways you can reduce your chances of a house fire.