Fire causes more damage than floods, windstorms or any other weather related disasters, so spending time to be sure your home and family are safe is worthwhile. Here are a few tips from a Calgary fire restoration company.
Home Heating Source
Most home fires are caused by home heating equipment, so use caution when using propane, electric or other home heating equipment. Common sense is a good idea and here are some tips.
– Keep flammables for example, drapes and furniture away from space and portable heaters
– Have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional on a regular basis
– Inspect heating equipment regularly for proper design, installation and operation
– Follow manufacturer’s instructions when installing and filling liquid and gas fuelled heaters
– Never leave auxiliary heating equipment unattended
Install a fire extinguisher near heating equipment and other areas throughout your home and learn how to use them properly.
Safety in the Kitchen
Most home fires start in the kitchen so protect your home and family by observing these tips
– Keep stove clean and free of grease
– Keep handles of pots and pans turned inward
– Keep all flammable material ( Including shirt sleeves ) away from burners
– Keep a fire extinguisher rated for grease fires nearby
– Never store flammable liquids in the kitchen
– Never leave cooking unattended
Plug Into Safety
Household appliances are another cause and often ignored as a possible fire hazard, so check your appliances for the following.
– Don’t overload wall outlets
– Don’t use fuses rated too high for your home circuits
– Don’t use appliances with frayed electrical cords
– Don’t run extension cords under rugs or furniture
Install a Home Alarm
Most home fires start between midnight and 4 AM and if this ever happens, it’s essential to be awake and alert. Working smoke detectors can be the difference in getting your family out safely, and when you have some detectors installed:
– Install at least one detector for each floor of the home and near each bedroom area
– Check regularly to make sure they are in good working order
– If battery operated change the batteries twice a year, some suggest doing this when the time changes in the Spring and Fall
Create a home escape plan and practice it regularly to increase your chances of survival. Your home escape plan should have more than one route for leaving quickly and a designated spot for the family to meet once you are all safely out.