Just as we can pre­vent for­est fires, we can also pre­vent house fires. We are respon­si­ble for what goes on in our homes and it’s our duty to pre­vent our abode from going up in flames. Try these eight ways to pre­vent house fires and ensure your home remains intact.

    1. Check, Check, Check

Your heat­ing sys­tem needs to be ser­viced reg­u­lar­ly by a pro­fes­sion­al. Unless you know every­thing there is to know about chim­neys or fur­naces, let a pro­fes­sion­al make sure your heat­ing sys­tem is up to code. Faulty heat­ing is often the cause of house fires and it is impor­tant to have your sys­tem checked at least once a year.

    1. Keep the Flames Away

Gaso­line, paint thin­ners, and oth­er high­ly flam­ma­ble mate­ri­als or liq­uids need to be kept in their prop­er con­tain­ers and away from igni­tion sources. Do not store these items in your garage. If you have a shed, this is the best place to keep these items.

    1. Dry the Dry­er

After each use, remove the lint from your dryer’s fil­ter. When the fil­ter becomes clogged, the dry­er can­not work effec­tive­ly and air­flow is reduced. A reduc­tion in air­flow caus­es heat to build up in the dryer’s vents and push­es the lint onto the heat­ing coils. This is dan­ger­ous and can cause a fire.

    1. Avoid Overex­tend­ing

Exten­sion cords can become dam­aged due to foot traf­fic, fur­ni­ture mov­ing, and pets. Dam­aged exten­sion cords are a fire haz­ard so check all cords for breaks and turn them off when they’re not in use.

    1. Don’t be Greasy

When cook­ing with oils and fat­ty sub­stances like bacon, be care­ful to wipe up any splat­ter that occurs. Fat and oil can get into your burn­ers and cause a fire very quick­ly.

    1. Teach your Kids

If you have young chil­dren it is ben­e­fi­cial to explain fire safe­ty. You can look online to find fire safe­ty charts and mate­ri­als that are geared towards kids, or vis­it your local fire sta­tion. The ear­li­er you edu­cate your young ones about fire safe­ty, the bet­ter.

    1. Butt out Prop­er­ly

Make sure all smok­ing mate­ri­als are prop­er­ly extin­guished. Use an ash­tray and do not flick your smoke on the ground or in a plant to put it out. If need be, run your butt under water to ensure it is no longer active. Smokes that aren’t ful­ly extin­guished can smol­der for days before you notice them.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.