Nobody wants to think about the possibility of their house catching fire. The thought is beyond devastating, to be quite frank. For most people, a house fire can be completely life-changing and will often leave you thinking: could I have taken more precautions to prevent this?
While house fires are sometimes unavoidable, there are safety measures that you can implement to prevent one from taking place. In this article, our team of experts will outline simple changes you can make to help keep your house safe from an unforgiving inferno.
Install Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors are critical equipment that should be installed on every level of your home. Additionally, there should be a smoke detector in every room where someone will be sleeping. The National Fire Protection Association explains that statistically 50% of house fire fatalities occurred because the home had no working smoke detectors. Furthermore, 15% of house fire fatalities happened because the smoke detector was installed incorrectly.
Do Not Leave Kitchen Unattended When Cooking
Leaving the food unattended when cooking is the number one cause of house fires in the US. When using the stovetop burner, never walk away for long periods of time. When a meal requires long cooking time, set timers so you can check on the items regularly without losing track of time.
In case a sudden fire does happen, a fire extinguisher should be placed in a logical area near your cooking surfaces. Having one near will help eliminate the chance of a fire getting too out of control and possibly damaging other rooms.
Inspect Your Wiring
Faulty wiring is another main cause of house fires. A few common indicators of dangerous wiring include:
- Lights dimming when another appliance is plugged in
- You are only able to use one appliance at a time without the fuse shorting out
- Sparks coming from the outlet when plugging something in
It is recommended to have your house's wiring inspected every three years. Letting your house go longer than three years without a routine wire inspection can greatly increase your risk of a fire. It is much better to catch problems sooner, before it’s too late.
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House fires can be a very scary ordeal. At Tingley Home Services we want to make sure your home and family are safe. Give us a call at (508) 456-8838 so we can discuss how our team of experts can help!