When you have a need to store combustibles in your home, there are some rules that you need to follow to ensure that your home and your family are safe from the risk of fire. Read on to learn more about the best way to store flammable items at home.
1. Always use appropriate containers: Never attempt to store gasoline in an water jug, and make sure that you do not keep matches outside of the container that they were sold in. By choosing to store combustible items in their original, (more…)
Addressing any situation that may pose a risk or hazard to your home and property is never an issue to be taken lightly. Faulty or shoddy wiring can be a far more dangerous issue than you may suspect. Assessing the wiring within your home, replacing any installations, appliances or work that has been poorly done or that has become a safety hazard and ensuring that your property is not at greater risk of a fire can make a (more…)
When you think about where fires usually start in a home, you think the kitchen first, right? While statistics show that this is correct, fires can occur in any part of your home (or outside your home) if the conditions are right. So what should you do to make sure your home doesn’t go up in smoke?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages people to understand the basic characteristics and behavior of fires. A fire can: 1) spread quickly, and an entire home can be overcome by flames in just five minutes; 2) be hot even if it’s just smoke and heat and you can’t see the actual flames; 3) be blinding because the smoke is dark and will restrict your view; 4) be poisonous from the toxic gases and fumes it creates. Knowing these traits about fire can be crucial to learning how to extinguish one or even escape from one.
Also consider that multiple dangers are present outside of the home, too. You can help reduce the risk of fire with indoor and outdoor home security systems, which can monitor fire and other risks like carbon monoxide and burglary. Most of the fire risks on the exterior part of your home usually exist during the summer months. For instance, dry, dead leaves and vegetation can accumulate and are a perfect fire starter. Also, outdoor grills pose a threat, especially if they are not turned off completely (gas grills) or burning coals aren’t extinguished all the way (charcoal grills).
As long as you are aware of these common threats of fire in or near your home, you can properly tend to correcting them and be proactive in helping to safeguard your house from fire.