Although we don’t want to have to think about the things in life that could hurt us, fires are one for them and they’re surprisingly common in people’s homes. If you don’t take the right safety measures, then your house could be a recipe for trouble. Fires can not only cause you thousands of pounds in damage, but they can cause serious injuries and even death. But don’t worry, today’s article is all about the ways in which you can fire proof your home so that you can be rest assured that your home is at low risk of catching fire and that if it does, you have measures in place.
Install smoke alarms:
If you haven’t already done this in your home, then you need to. You should have at least one installed on each floor of your house, and more if possible. You then need to ensure that you regularly check that they’re working properly.
Keep a fire extinguisher at hand:
You’ll be glad you’ve done this. It could be the difference between putting out a fire and it getting bigger, spreading to the rest of the house.
Cook with care:
We know how easy it is to get distracted when you’re cooking, but it’s really important that you remember to keep an eye on things. Ovens and stoves can easily start a fire if left unattended.
Be careful of electrical heaters:
At this time of year, a lot of you will be using these to keep your house that extra bit toasty. It’s vital that you keep materials and objects away from them as something could easily catch alight.
Regularly check your electrical appliances:
Make sure everything’s in working order. You should be doing this regularly, as well as ensuring that you don’t have too many extension leads plugged in plug sockets at once. If you’re going away, unplug everything, just in case.
Be wary with candles:
Candles are a lovely addition to the interior of your home, and especially at this time of year, there’s nothing better than cosying up with a candle burning in the background. However, you need to be aware that an unattended candle could be potentially dangerous. Blow candles out if you’re not in the room. Keep them out of reach of places and make sure that they’re not in a place where they could get knocked over.
Make sure you have home and contents insurance:
It means that if something does happen, you can be certain that the insurance company will pay out to recover all the costs of the damage. The last thing you will need after the terrifying event of a fire, is to not be able to afford to recover your house to what it was before.
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