Safety Tips To Fireproof Your Home
What is the one place that comes to your mind when someone says the words – family, peace, relaxation, care, love, comfort? Would it be a 5-star resort? Or a luxurious penthouse in a 7-star hotel? No, those are all wrong answers. The right answer is only one and that is 'Home.' What if I said that there's no place safer than home? I bet you would agree. After all, home is where we always come back to. Be it after a hard day's work, or a grueling shopping trip, or after a vacation out of town, it's always a pleasure to come back home. But what would you do, if this very place where you always return to, suddenly stopped existing? Where would you go if you found yourself having nowhere else to go? What if, one day, you returned from your family holiday and found that your house has been burned down to the ground and is now nothing but ashes? Sounds terrifying, doesn't it? Don't let this happen to yourself. Houses can catch fire due to many reasons – small or big. However, you can certainly prevent this from happening to your humble home. In this post, we will let you in on some basic safety tips related to fireproofing your precious abode so that you and your family are always safe. Read on to know more. Kitchen Catastrophes Most of the domestic fires usually arise in the kitchen. Keep the situation under control by wearing proper clothing devoid of synthetic materials to avoid attracting and catching fire while cooking. Make sure that you turn the gas stove off after using it and do not leave it on even by mistake. In case of a gas leak, quickly turn off the gas connection and refrain from using electricity/electrical equipment for some time and open up all the windows of the house till the leaked gas escapes. Do not leave your stove unattended if you're cooking something on it. Wiring Woes Faulty and outdated wiring are also among the leading causes of house fires. Make sure that your electrical appliances don't end up overloading your wires or power outlets. See to it that your electrical fuse doesn't blow out every now and then and if this happens, contact your electrician immediately to get it corrected as this is an early sign of an impending short circuit. Electrifying Electric Blankets If you live in a cold region or in a region that experiences snowy and chilly weather during winters, then you probably use electric blankets all the time. And although it is an economical option, beware of its use as it can be extremely dangerous. There are wires inside these blankets which heat them up in order to provide the warmth that they do. But, even a slight overheating of the wires can result in flames, burns and injuries. Although there are law firms with experienced attorneys that can help you get compensation from the manufacturers of the blankets, weigh your options before you buy them. Fireplace Faults If your home has a fireplace, make sure to inspect it from time to time and to keep it clean. Make sure that you don't keep any inflammable substance anywhere near it. Also ensure that the chimney is long and unclogged for the heat and smoke to rise up and escape rather than fill up your home. Materials that Won't Burn If you live in an area where there are high chances for wild fire/ bush fire/forest fire to occur, then you need to think of building your house with a material that won't catch fire easily. You could spare a thought for insulated concrete forms, which are nothing but polystyrene blocks that work like Legos, to build your house's outer shell. Since concrete is fire and heat resistant, it will provide your house with strong walls that will also keep the wind and rain out. Stop Playing with Fire Always keep matches, lighters, cigarettes, curling/straightening irons, firewood, firecrackers, candles, etc. away from sources of fire and out of reach of children to prevent their misuse. If you have a barbeque, make sure to dispose of the coal properly to prevent an occurrence of fire. Watch out for firework activity in your neighborhood during festivals and celebrations. You must also replace or get rid of combustible items such as wooden decks, wooden benches, door mats, dried leaves and dead plants from anywhere near your house. Install Smoke Detectors and Sprinklers/Fire Extinguishers Installation of smoke detectors and sprinklers in all the rooms and/or placing small fire extinguishers outside all the rooms and the house seem like a good idea to be able to douse a fire as soon as it breaks out. That way you are never too late or far away from safety. Home Owners' and Fire Insurance If in case your house ever happens to catch fire and gets burnt down, it would be a good idea to be financially protected against the high costs of rebuilding a new home. Hence, it is advised to get an insurance policy most suited to your needs related to building your life again as a safety measure. There's nothing that a little common sense and alertness on your part cannot deal with, not even domestic fire. We hope these simple tips will prove to be useful and effective in insulating your home and minimizing risks against such calamities.