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Protect Yourself and Your Home from Fires

An estimated 4 billion dollars in property damage and 3,500 deaths are caused by fires every year in the United States, according to several studies. In fact, much more deaths and property damage occur because of fires than floods, tornadoes or hurricanes. Despite these shocking statistics, many people ignore the most common fire hazards and don’t properly prepare themselves and their family in the event of a fire. Even if you think you’re prepared, you should set aside some time to protect your home and your family from a fire.
Mind the Heaters
Heating equipment is a common cause of home fires. Unfortunately, many consumers don’t use common sense and caution when using electric, propane, natural gas or other home heating equipment.
• Keep drapes, furniture and other flammables away from home heating equipment, such as portable and space heaters.
• Regularly inspect heating equipment for proper operation, installation and design.
• Hire a trusted chimney sweep to inspect and clean your chimney.
• Never leave certain heating equipment, such as space heaters and various other auxiliary heating, unattended.
Install Fire Alarms
Research has shown that most fires begin between the hours of midnight and 4am. And as we all know, being awake and alert is vital to survive a house fire. Installing smoke detectors will alert you when smoke is present in the home. There should be at least one smoke detector install on every floor of the home as well as one near each bedroom door. You should check the smoke detectors regularly to ensure they are working properly and batteries need changed twice a year. You can also look into having a fire sprinkler system installed into your home.
Don’t Forget About Electrical Fires
Electrical fires caused by household appliances are also a common cause of house fires. And these fires occur when wall outlets are overloaded, appliances have frayed electrical cords, running extension cords under furniture and rugs, and you are uses fuses that are too high for the circuits in your home.
Cooking Can Be a Hazard
The kitchen, where cooking takes place, is one of the most common locations for fires. If, however, you keep the stove regularly clean and grease-free, keep flammable materials away from burners, turn the handles of pans and pots inward, avoid storing flammable liquids in or near the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended, you will go a long way to preventing house fires.