How to increase the fire safety of your home?

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Are you looking to increase your home’s fire safety? In most cases, house fires are ignited as a result of negligence. Faulty electrical appliances, forgotten stove or oven and an unattended fireplace are considered to be the biggest fire hazards. Most house fires could be avoided by taking a few preventive actions. Here are our tips on how to increase the fire safety of your home:

 

Get a smoke alarm

 

 

Check your electrical appliances

 

  • Regularly check that the wiring and switches on your electrical appliances are intact and not in danger of breaking.
  • Avoid overloading your sockets.
  • Plug extension cords directly to the wall socket.
  • Place the appliances that heat up on use (i.e. lamps) away from combustible materials.

 

Take care of the safety of your stove and oven

 

  • Don’t store anything flammable on or near the stove or inside the oven.
  • Make sure children or pets can’t turn the stove or oven on even on accident.
  • Get a fire blanket and store it near the stove.

 

Make sure your fireplace is safe

 

  • Ensure that the safety distance around your fireplace is large enough.
  • Prevent sparks from escaping the fireplace with a safety net or hatch.
  • Have a professional sweep the chimney and check the flue regularly.

 

Handle candles properly

 

  • Never leave your lit candles unattended.
  • Make sure to place your candles on a non-flammable surface and from a safe distance away from anything flammable.

 

Teach your kids about fire safety

 

  • Make sure your kids understand what to do in case of a fire. Kids are sometimes inclined to hide in dangerous situations, so make sure they know to leave the house instead of hiding away. 
  • Tell them never to play with fire and that only adults should handle things like matches, lighters and candles.

 

Choose an escape route

 

  • Choose the easiest way to leave the house in case of a fire and make sure everyone in your family knows it.
  • Keep this exit clear at all times. If there’s any locked doors make sure everyone knows where the keys are kept.