Simple Tips to Prevent Fire Damage
Protecting the investment that you’ve made in your home and protecting the health and safety of your family are likely to be two of your largest priorities. While accidents and disasters can strike at any time, putting a bit of effort into fireproofing your home can prevent the worst from occurring. Take a look at these steps to fireproof your property.
- Always check electrical appliances. The majority of fire breakouts in residential homes are due to electrical short circuits. Make a habit of checking electrical appliances regularly to ensure they are safe to use.
- Have fire extinguishers handy. Fire extinguishers are your first and best defense against a small fire. Always keep one in the kitchen.
- Use smoke detectors. Every home should have multiple smoke detectors installed on each floor of the house. Test these alarms monthly to ensure they are in good, working condition.
- Use fireproof carpeting. Although there isn’t such a thing as 100 percent fireproof carpeting, many carpets today are made with fire-resistant capabilities.
- Remove dry vegetation from the yard. Remove the dead weeds that provide more fuel for a fire.
- Use fire-resistant plants near your home. Some fire-resistant plants are Eastern Redbud, Live Oak, Sycamore, Yucca, Agave, Salvias, and Lavender. Not all plants are suited for all areas, so be sure to check your zone to see if these plants will grow in your area.
- Pick up any trash from around your home. An empty cereal box that fell out of the trash can is perfect for keeping a fire going.
- Don’t use barbecues and fire pits if the weather is very hot and dry.
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