Fire Hazards And What To Look For
Fires cause millions of dollars’ worth of damage every year and can have devastating results such as injury and even death. Fires in your home can be especially devastating, which is why it is important to implement all measures you can that could prevent them from happening in the first place.
Unfortunately, fire hazards in the home are a lot more common than you might think. Furthermore, many potential fire hazards aren’t readily apparent. Knowing the causes and what you can do to prevent them just might save a life!
Fire Hazards in the Home:
Wearing certain types of clothing can put you at risk for fire-related injury, especially while cooking. It is best to avoid wearing long sleeves and loose material to prevent your clothes from catching fire over the stovetop.
Candles are a great way to set the mood or make your home smell pretty, but they can easily cause a fire if left unattended. Keep all candles away from curtains and other flammable material and make sure to put them out before they melt all the way down and before you head to bed for the night.
Frayed power cords
Electric cords can cause fires when they become frayed, and the exposed wires come in contact with each other. Avoid running electrical cords under carpets or rugs where they can become frayed or damaged without you seeing them. Replace any electric cord at the first sign of wear.
Most electrical plugs are harmless but make sure not to reverse the polarity. Always use only the power supply or detachable cable that comes with your devices and don’t switch them out for another cable even if it looks similar.
Paint cans stored near your furnace or in a utility room can cause fires when they are exposed to an open flame. It is best to store any leftover paint in an outdoor shed or a garage where there is no chance of them catching fire.
A fireplace is another great mood-setter that could cause fires if you aren’t careful. Make sure to clean your fireplace and chimney at least once a year to prevent the build-up of flammable material. It is also a good idea to get a secure screen that prevents sparks from flying out to the carpet.
Have Your Home Inspected
You can prevent many of the hazards described above with a bit of vigilance and common sense. Even so, it is worth having your home inspected by a professional. A trained home inspector will be able to identify potential fire hazards that aren’t easy to detect. If you are interested in more information or what to make an appointment, call DR Home Inspectors at 845-863-3326.