Along with winter comes a whole new host of responsibilities to consider when it comes to taking care of your home, family, and belongings. One of the most important of these to consider is the fireproofing of your home.
People are doing a lot of cooking and baking this time of year, as well as using their furnaces more often. Many are even making use of wood-burning fireplaces and stoves. That being said, it’s important to be mindful of the possibility of house fires. Here’s how to make sure your home is protected.
Install Smoke Detectors and Fire Extinguishers
The first thing you should do when fireproofing your home is make sure that you have the right preventative measures installed. If your home doesn’t have a smoke detector installed in every room – especially bedrooms and rooms with fuel-burning appliances – then take steps to remedy that. If you already have smoke detectors, test each one to make sure the batteries are fresh. Keep an ample supply of replacement batteries on hand.
You should also have a chemical fire extinguisher on each floor of your home. Make sure that you and all of your family members not only know where extinguishers are kept, but how to use them as well.
Avoid Clutter and Other Fuel Sources
Take yourself on a little tour of your home, look for hazards that could make it easier for a fire to burn out of control, and eliminate them. Clean up stacks of accumulated papers or flammable debris inside your home. Make sure that your trees; shrubs, and foliage are properly pruned back to prevent fires from burning out of control outside as well.
Check Heaters and Appliances
Regardless of the time of year, you should always make sure you regularly check your heaters, appliances, and fireplaces to make sure they don’t present any fire hazards. They should be cleaned thoroughly and checked for debris on a regular basis and certainly should receive a thorough once-over if they’re being put into use this winter for the first time in months. A professional should be called in to give appliances a tune-up once a year as well.
You should also make sure you’re not overloading electrical outlets or using any appliances that have frayed or faulty wiring. Keep papers and flammable items away from outlets, lamps, and candles.
Once your home is fireproofed, just be sure to keep an eye on things from there on out. It’s simple, easy, and effective!