Have you ever experienced being in a house fire? These situations are terrifying and traumatic, and yet, they don’t need to happen. While you’re trying your best to stay warm this winter, exercise some common sense. Don’t create a fire hazard out of stubbornness or carelessness. Here are some easy ways to prevent house fires.
Pay Attention in the Kitchen
Many house fires start in the kitchen. This is mainly due to the resident becoming distracted while cooking or not paying enough attention to all of the heating elements in play. When you’re cooking, don’t leave the room for any reason. While it may be enjoyable to teach your children how to cook, don’t let them do it without supervision at first. Also, don’t let them watch the stove for you while you step out of the room for a minute. If you need to leave, remember to turn off the burners and let them cool off first. Keeping a fire extinguisher nearby is also a good idea.
Replace Old Cords
Next, take a closer look at all the cords in your home. These cords could be powering all the electronic and electric gadgets in your kitchen, or throughout your home, such as chargers for smartphones and tablets, along with cords for video game consoles and other expensive electronics. Change out the cords if you can, and don’t cover them with rugs, towels, or other fabrics. Most importantly, don’t damage the cords by running over them with a vacuum or a chair. You never know what could spark an electrical fire.
Upgrade Your Circuits
House fires can start because your home’s electrical grid is too far out of date. Consult licensed and certified professional electricians when it’s time to see what is wrong with the circuits running everywhere inside your home.
Clean Out Dryer Vents
Doing the laundry is stressful enough, you don’t need a fire breaking out to make matters worse. Remember to clear the lint out of the trap and scoop out the vents between loads to prevent another unexpected fire hazard.
Getting Heating Systems Inspected
Make sure to have your home’s heating systems inspected throughout the remainder of the winter. Even if you didn’t do this before fall ended, it’s not too late!
Don’t Use Space Heaters
Lastly, resist the temptation to use space heaters. They might be able to help make the basement warmer, or the attic warmer, but you need to be careful. Replace old units with new ones, because the old ones aren’t going to be as safe.
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience in designing, installing, inspecting, and repairing residential and commercial fire protection systems. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480 or contact us online. For more fire safety tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.