Did you know that on average, seven people in America die as a result of home fires every day? Not only do home fires take lives, but they can cause irreversible injuries and billions of dollars in structural damage. The worst part? Home fires, and therefore the deaths sustained from them, are preventable.
Chesapeake Systems Service, Inc. is here to fill you in on a few home fire safety tips to aid in the prevention of creating an accidental home fire.
Home Fire Safety Tips
In recent years, the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries has been related to cooking equipment. The leading cause of civilian home fire deaths has been accredited to smoking. The following residential fire safety tips will help you keep your family safe and your property healthy:
- Install Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors: Carbon Monoxide (CO) is dubbed as the “Silent Killer” because this odorless, tasteless gas is deadly. Installing carbon monoxide detectors within your home is incredibly important, especially in areas where people use natural gas or wood burning stoves. At CSS, we can also add smoke detectors to your home control system that alert you (and the local fire department) at the first sign of a fire, giving you and your family additional time to escape. These monitored alarms are also ideal for ensuring protection when no one is home.
- Never Overload Circuits or Extension Cords: Overloading circuit or extension cords is one of the easiest ways to start an electrical fire. Keep these circuits to a minimum and try to unplug them when they are not in use.
- Clean Your Dryer Vents: Washing machines and tumble dryers are among the most common household appliances to contribute to a home fire. To prevent overheating, you should use updated appliances and be sure to always clean your lint traps and dryer vents.
- Install Home Fire Sprinklers: Home fire sprinklers can increase your property value, lower your home insurance rates, and vastly increase your chances of survival in the event of a home fire.
- Use Space Heaters and Fireplaces Wisely: When you are using your fireplace, always implement the use of a fire screen to minimize sparks and other dangers. When you are using space heaters, keep them as far away from combustible materials as possible.
- Use Battery-Operated Candles: Candles contribute to several house fires. To eliminate the chance of starting a home fire accidentally through misuse of a candle, try using battery-operated candles instead. Learn more helpful candle safety tips here.
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