Keeping your family safe is incredibly important, and there are so many things to keep in mind. Around every home, there are countless fire risks that could be putting your family in danger without you ever realizing it. With over 350,000 house fires in the United States every year, devastating families and causing major trauma, it’s important that you consider all of these fire risks.
Most homeowners have junk drawers full of odds and ends, including loose batteries. If you store loose batteries with other materials, especially in a junk drawer, it’s one of the major fire risks. Different batteries can generate heat whenever they are in direct contact with metal. If you keep loose batteries in a drawer or other area, you should always keep them in their original packaging or cover any ports or ends with electrical tape.
Older homes are at a high level of fire risk from old and outdated wiring. One of the biggest signs that you have old wiring in your home is a loose electrical socket. If sockets can’t hold plugs easily, it’s a sign that it should be replaced soon. Any old wiring that is frayed or exposed is a fire risk, and should be taken care of by a professional electrician immediately.
Light bulbs are the best way to light up your home, but they generate heat when they are turned on for extended periods of time. If any flammable item comes into direct contact with an exposed light bulb, it could potentially ignite. Exposed light bulbs are a surprisingly common fire risk, and 12% of all home fires begin in closets, where exposed light bulbs and clothing are in close proximity.
Fertilizer is a dangerous and flammable substance to keep around the house. As it gets older, it actually gets more dangerous. To reduce the fire risk to your home, always purchase only the amount of fertilizer that you need to avoid storing any for extended periods of time.
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 with design, installation, service, and inspection of residential and commercial fire protection systems. We service clients throughout the 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.