Top Tips for Better Home Fire Safety

I’m sure we can all agree that fire safety is extremely important. 

Every homeowner should be doing what they can to minimize the risk of fire in their residence.

With that in mind, below you will find some top tips for improving your home’s fire safety:

Install smoke alarms

Smoke alarms are a basic line of defense against fires. If a fire is started, they will detect smoke and alert you to its presence so you can get to safety. If you do not already have smole alarms installed on your property, you should change that as soon as you can.

Ensure your electrics are safe

Faulty wiring and electrical appliances are prime causes of house fires. So, it is really important that you periodically have an electrical safety check carried out by a professional electrical contractor. It is also a good idea to periodically check that your electrical appliances like kettles and toasters are in good working order.

If you notice that the electricity shuts off or flickers when you plug a specific appliance in, there is a chance that it may be unsafe, ditto if you notice a burning smell. Stop using the appliance until you can have it checked out or replaced.

Keep matches out of reach of children

Keeping matches, lighter fuel, and anything else that a child could use to start a fire in a safe place where they will not be able to access it is really important. So many kids develop a fascination with fire and if they have access to matches, it can so easily end in disaster. Have a designated place for anything of this nature and make sure you always place them back in that spot, which should be unreachable for children, and ideally lockable too.

Plan an escape route

Hopefully, you will never have to deal with a house fire, but if you do, having a pre-planned escape route that will enable you to get safely out of the house can be very useful indeed. It can help to prevent panic so you and your family can calmly get out and get safe.

Get the chimney swept

If you have a chimney, then you should get it swept at least once a year. It’s so easy for debris to fall in the chimney and build up until it becomes a very real fire risk. Professional sweeps will be able to clear it out so that you don’t have any problems with your flue and you can use your fireplace without the risk of starting a fire or breathing in dangerous fumes.

Install fire extinguishers

Of course, one of the absolute best things you can do to keep your home safe from fire is to install as many fire extinguishers as you can. As a minimum, you should have one in the kitchen and one in the upstairs corridor for easy access.

As you can see, there are so many simple things you can do to improve fire safety in your home that you would be foolish not to. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

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