Fires that happen in your home or business can be very tragic and costly. In 2014, there were about 3,275 deaths caused by fire and an estimated $11.6 billion lost in property damages (USFA). The best way to protect yourself, home, and family from a fire is to take the proper safety precautions to prevent one from starting. Below are some simple ways to eliminate the causes of fires.
10 Fire Prevention Tips
Install a smoke alarm on every level. Change the batteries at least once a year. Better yet, grab a pack of whatever batteries your smoke alarm requires at a warehouse store like Costco or Sam’s Club. Therefore, when they beep to be changed, your default reaction isn’t to take out the battery but to replace the battery.
Keep anything that’s flammable away from the stove, including pot holders, drapes, paper towels and kitchen towels.
Keep clutter away from your heater or furnace. For example, never store newspapers or family photos around a furnace. One loose spark could start a large fire in minutes.
The number one causes of fire are clothes dryers. The # 1 way to prevent fires starting is to clean the lint trap after every use.
Install carbon monoxide detectors throughout home, especially in bedrooms. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, and very combustible.
Any outdoor cooking such as grilling or deep frying should be done at least ten feet from the house.
Hide any matches and lighters away from children.
Never overload an extension cord or outlet. In addition, make sure all cords don’t contain any frayed wiring.
Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
Always blow candles out.
These methods are fairly simple and cost little money. Fires can happen at any time, so it's important to have fire safety in the back of your mind. Follow these tips to avoid an emotional and financial burden.