A fire can damage absolutely everything you own, from interior to exterior, bringing your home down to a pile of ash. However, a fire can have devastating and damaging effects on more than just your home, as a large number of accidental deaths throughout the world are from fires.
Regardless of whether a fire is accidental or intentional, the effects of such are no different — and the fire moves just as quickly, leaving it almost impossible to control. Here are a four of the best ways to help fireproof your home and minimize the damage should a fire find its way into your home:
- Install and Check Fire Detectors/Smoke Alarms: This is the absolute first step in fire prevention. Make sure you have, at minimum, one smoke alarm on each floor of the home. In addition, you should make sure to have one in the kitchen and one right outside your bedroom. You will want to check them often to ensure they are still working. The batteries should be changed at least twice per year.
- Ensure There Are No Overloaded Electrical Circuits: Get rid of any old extension cords, and do not chain cords together, as the more electricity running through those cords, the more likely they are to catch fire. Also, don’t overload any electrical circuits within the home. Don’t plug 10 different items into an outlet with a power strip as this is an accident waiting to happen — or in this case, a fire waiting to happen. Further, never leave any appliances on while you are sleeping or when you leave the home.
- Keep the Stove Clean: Kitchen fires are known for nearly 90 percent of houses that go up into flames. It is vital that you keep the stove itself clean at all times as well as the area surrounding it. Never leave food unattended with the burner on. Never place the skillet or pot handles to the outside where they can easily be knocked over.
- Keep the Area Surrounding You Picked Up: While you may have the inside of your home fireproofed, that doesn’t mean you are clear of the potential for fires. You should keep the surrounding area of your home picked up, including leaves and brush. It is also important to keep your grass mowed and not to let it become overgrown. Field fires (whether you live in a field or not, grass fires are the same) move very rapidly and are extremely hard to keep under control.
By following the above information, you will significantly minimize the risk of your house catching on fire. Accordingly, you’ll reduce the chances that you will have to call your home insurance company and file an insurance claim.