Making sure your home is a safe place to live in is an important part of being a homeowner. There are many hazards that can cause fires, without you even realizing they are a problem. Below, you’ll find a few tips, according to nsc.org that can help you eliminate many of the fire hazards that are in and around your home.
In the Kitchen
- Do not wear loose clothing while cooking.
- Keep an eye on appliances when in use.
- Make sure appliances are turned off and unplugged when not in use.
- When using pots and pans, use the rear burners and turn the handles inwards.
- Cover your fireplace with a screen.
- Have your chimney cleaned professionally once a year.
- Keep the fireplace clean.
- Only burn wood. Papers and other materials can escape while burning and ignite something nearby.
- The fire should be completely extinguished before leaving the room.
In the Home
- Annual inspection of furnace or heating system.
- Candles should be out of reach of children and pets, curtains and furniture. Never leave candles unattended.
- Check electrical appliances for loose or frayed cords. Do not place wires under rugs.
- Check for outlets overloaded with plugs; including TV, computer, stereo, and printer.
- Make sure electrical blankets are unplugged when not in use. Check for frayed or loose cords and any odd smell. If a problem is detected, replace.
- If any appliances spark, smell unusual or overheat, replace or get repaired by a professional.
- Install GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets in your home; especially near sources of water like your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and possibly the garage.
- Lamps and nightlights should not touch any fabrics (bedspreads, drapes).
- Supervise children around the stove and microwave.
- Use the correct bulb wattage for home light fixtures.
- Unplug when not in use.
- Placed away from beds.
- Newspapers, magazines, and any fabrics, including curtains, sheets, tablecloths, are not within 3 feet of a space heater.
- Keep out of walking paths.
- Keep away from garage door openers and other electrical outlets in the gararage.
- Keep away from children and pets.
We hope these tips will help you with any and all safety concerns in and around your home throughout the year. For more tips on home safety, be sure to visit back with us again, in the future!
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