Every year, there are countless reports of residential fires causing a lot of harm and damage to homes and property, as well as putting the lives of several people in danger. In fact, a lot of people sadly lost their lives in home fires, regardless of whether they were responsible or not for causing the fire in the first place.
Due to home fires being a constant hazard even in developed countries, it is a good idea to get informed a little about fire safety and prevention to ensure that you know what you have to do in case you find yourself surrounded by burning appliances, smoke or anything else that is on fire:
Identify the Main Culprits
Home fires are almost always caused either due to kitchen mishaps or electrical shorts, they can be pretty small incidents overall, but the presence of a large number of combustible materials in our homes means that even a small spark is enough to cause a large disaster. Make sure you are always alert when using electrical appliances and your gas cookers in your kitchen.
Avoid Mishandling of Inflammable Materials
Things like alcohol and other inflammable fluids can easily cause a major fire on contact with a source of heat or a small flame. Consult product labels to ensure you know what materials are prone to catch fire more readily than others. If possible, try to use high quality fire safe cabinets to store inflammable materials when not in use.
Install Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors are now available for residential use just as they are for commercial applications. Nowadays, large apartments often have smoke detectors pre-installed as standard to minimize the risk of fires. If they are not available, consider installing them yourself for some insurance, as smoke detection can be useful to prevent a fire from spreading further.
Check Electrical Appliances and Wiring Systems Periodically
Whenever buying electrical appliances, make sure you take your time to read out labels signs to ensure you know how to use them correctly. Overusing electrical appliances or not following guidelines can overexert them, leading to blown fuses, melted wires and an overall risk of causing a small fire. Also make sure you check all of your home’s wiring systems to detect loose connections, shorts and places where sparks may occur. Leave these issues unattended for too long and you will have to pay severe consequences.
The above tips are not sure-fire ways to ensure you are totally protected from house fires, as they can only minimize the risks, not eliminate them completely. What is important is that you stay alert whenever possible, and ask all other residents of your home to do the same. This way, you can act at the slightest possible sign of a fire to bring it under control, or at least put yourself out of harm’s way.