Your house is a place where you can build your life and create beautiful memories with your loved ones until you think of your home catching fire even scarier. So, why take those chances? Although you are unable to keep everything under control, there are numerous measures you can take to prevent a fire from breaking out in your home. Let us begin.
Kitchen and Cooking Safety
It shouldn’t be a surprise that most reported fires are traced back to the kitchen. They are primarily due to cooking accidents. So, keep your books, towels, and other flammable items away from electric or gas-burning stoves. Also, avoid leaving stoves or ovens on if you leave the house. These tips will help you prevent a fire from breaking out in your home.
Watch Out for Your Fireplace
Even though they are excellent for keeping cozy on cold nights and keeping your heating bills low in the winter, fireplaces can trigger a handful of house fires. In addition, heaters also generate about 16% of residential outbreaks. Do the following to prevent a fire from breaking out in your home:
- Burn seasoned hardwood – ash, maple, and oak
- Always utilize a protective screen around fireplaces
- Keep space heaters at least 3 feet from anything combustible
- Don’t forget to turn off any space heaters when you leave
Troublesome extension cords, overloaded outlets, and even incorrectly wired outlets can cause trouble. Additionally, ensure you cover all wires with an electrical outlet cover, be conscious of how many watts you plug in at any time-, and spread-out plugged-in items if you can.
Moreover, all safety tips here are for indoor and outdoor outlets. Also, you should equip all outdoor, kitchen, and bathroom outlets with a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
Did you know that candles can lead to a high number of fires? They can still have consequences even though they are pretty to look at and smell. So, always burn 12 inches from combustible items, blow candles out when you leave, and keep lighters and matches in a cool, dry area out of the reach of children.
Though the above tips won’t 100% eliminate the possibility of a fire starting in your home, they will assist you in minimizing your fire risk and safely evacuating. Be safe, get your plan together, and prepare your house.
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 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.