Is your home a fire hazard? Today, we’ll be sharing some not-so-obvious signs that your home could be fire-prone. Most homeowners know the importance of keeping a working smoke detector on each floor of the house. They know to pay attention while cooking, never leave candles unattended, refrain from smoking indoors, and keep lighters away from children. These techniques are an excellent start to practicing fire safety. However, there are many other habits that you should practice to keep your home from being a fire hazard. Here they are.
Keep Household Chemicals Away From Flames
Products such as nail polish remover, bleach, or an aerosol can make your home a fire hazard when you place them too close to an open flame or spark. Always be aware of how close cleaning products and other flammable products are to open flames. If you’re a homeowner that likes to clean as they cook, always be careful.
Refrain From Leaving Crumbs in the Toaster
Kitchen fires are common, and cooking on the stove isn’t the only culprit. A toaster serves as a heat source, and when too many crumbs accumulate, they can ignite and set a toaster on fire. The excellent thing about toaster is that most have removable trays that you can clean with ease.
Dispose of Oily Rags
If you like to save money by implementing DIY oil changing, we recommend that you be very careful. Oil-soaked rags can combust unexpectedly. What’s even worse is that it doesn’t need a spark or flame to do so. Oxidization (to combine with oxygen) is the cause of a rag igniting. This process causes a substance to release heat. If there isn’t a place for the heat to disperse (because people usually leave rags in a pile), a fire will start.
If you plan on reusing your rags, make sure to hang them outside or hang them in a well-ventilated room before throwing them in the wash. If you dispose of your oil rags, place them in a tightly sealed container and fill it with water. Metal containers are safest, but a zip-top plastic bag is an alternative. Contact your local garbage disposal service for information on what to do after you safely contain the rags.
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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.