Simple tips on preventing house fires

Simple tips on preventing house fires

House fires can occur at any time in the day and can be extremely deadly. To prevent this from happening to your home, it is down to you to keep you and your family protected from accidental fires. We will be going through some of the main causes of house fires and offering our advice on how you can reduce the chances of unintentionally starting a fire. Most home fires occur during the winter season.

Alarms

If you do not have a properly working smoke alarm then you are three times more likely to die in a house fire. This is why it is encouraged to check the batteries of your alarms annually and take a few seconds out of your day to test them at least once a month. If you haven’t got a working smoke or fire alarm then it is very important that you acquire a working and high quality alarm for your home.

Purchasing one of the many fire extinguishers for your home is also recommended as it may save your life if a fire ever did arise in your home.

Kitchen Fires

Fires in the kitchen, especially those on hobs, cause a vast majority of home fires. A combination of an easily distracted cook and over-oiled pans at a high temperature can easily set alight to nearby materials in the kitchen.  This is why it is imperative that you always stand by your pan and regularly attend to any cooking done on a hob.

Smoking

Smoking is also a notorious fire starter in domestic households and the top cause for starting the most aggressive of fires. We recommend that any smoking be participated in an outside area and this will prevent any lit flames catching on any flammable household items, such as pillows and curtains. If you do choose to smoke inside then it is imperative that your cigarette butt is put right out and disposed of in a container that is not flammable or holds anything that could catch fire. If you are unsure whether or not it has been put out then run it under the tap before you throw it away, to ensure that it is extinguished.

Candles

Although this is an obvious one, candles in the home are easily forgotten about and can also easily start a fire if they catch on a curtain or any nearby flammable household item. So make sure that they are properly extinguished before you leave the room.  Even the smallest candle can cause a big fire and this is why we encourage you to keep them always from windows or doors to prevent a draught from blowing them onto a rug or carpet.

By following these tips and by always being conscious of any fire hazards, you can prevent being victim to a home fire. So take our advice and get the right type of fire protection for your home.

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