Fireproofing your home
Accidents and natural disasters can happen in a second and there is little that you can do to protect against them; however, you can be prepared as best you can. Fire is often overlooked but it can cause severe damage to your home and put your loved ones at risk. By taking some simple precautions, you can rest easy knowing that your family and your home is safe. Here are our top 3 tips:
1. Keep Fire Extinguishers within Reach
Fire extinguishers are inexpensive tools to guard against fires and are often the first and best defense. It is usually kept in the kitchen – where the majority of fires usually start. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, it is a good idea to have one extinguisher in every room – especially near the fireplace and in your garage as well! Fire extinguishers have an expiry date so make sure you know when to get it replaced or refilled. Ensure that your loved ones know where they are kept and how to use them as well.
2. Install and Check Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms play a critical role in providing early indications of a fire. Many newer homes are equipped with one or more smoke alarms but be sure that you have one installed if you live in an older home. Many insurance companies also provide a reduction in your insurance premium if you have one too. As with fire extinguishers, smoke alarms also have expiry dates. It is advised that smoke alarms are checked every 4 months; though many people check their smoke alarms when the time changes – Fall Back or Spring Forward. Replace batteries as needed.
3. Avoid Overloading Outlets
Poor electrical is another major cause of fires in the home. Outlets can’t handle all that power and if they are overloaded, a shortage or even a fire may result. When installing any appliances that require a lot of power, make sure that they are on separate outlets or unplug one when using another. Not sure if you are overloading an outlet? Check with a licensed electrician. Old and frayed wiring are another fire hazard so be aware of wear and tear and replace any that pose a risk.
These are just some of many tips out there to fireproofing your home; however, if you require a professional to take a glance at your home, there are many out there to assist you with this. Though fireproofing your home does not mean that you will never have a fire, it does minimizes any risk of injury and loss.