Preventing the Majority of Fires in the Home
The home is traditionally a place where we go to feel safe and relax and be with our loved ones. Homes are meant to be a refuge from the world and its problems.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Preventing the Majority of Fires in the Home The home is traditionally a place where we go to feel safe and relax and be with our loved ones. Homes are meant to be a refuge from the world and its problems. Fires in homes Despite this fact, a lot of fires start within the home, due to its potential to serve as a source of ignition and fuel alike. Every year, thousands of homes suffer fire damage which could have beenprevented.Whether this fire damage is a simple singed cupboard from a toaster malfunction or a full blown blaze, itis never an experience that you want to go through. Our homes are not only houses for our possessions,but are also where loved ones live.Therefore, preventing blazes should be a big priority for any responsible homeowner. The good news isthat making a home more fireproof is easily achieved- it just requires information and the initiative totake action.The biggest part of being able to prevent fires in your home is knowing how to apply common sense inpossible problem areas. There are distinctive risk spots which every home has which can cause a flame,as well as risky actions that many people take.CandlesThe first thing to note is that many fires start because of candles. People love to light candles because oftheir ambiance and smell, making them a commonly found item in many houses.Candles are easily knocked over, as well as being very good at humping onto low hanging drapes, hair,and loose clothing. As such, these are the cause of many issues, and should be used with far more carethan many people are willing to admit.Another big issue comes from people that are using larger watt bulbs than might be needed, which canoverheat and catch nearby things on fire. For example, someone putting an 80 watt bulb into a lampwhich is normally slated for 40 watts may be enough to cause damage and cause ignition.
Electrical sockets are another big problem area inthe home. An overloaded socket is a fire hazard, asis a broken one.Some blazes also start because of improper usageof the electrical sockets. Electricity is an immenselypowerful force which is more than capable ofproviding he needed energy for a larger scale fire.As such, people are highly advised to use surgeprotectors, to replace broken outletsprofessionally, and to cover them up in the case ofsmall children being in the area. Such preventionshould make a big difference.DryerAnother major hotspot for blazes is the dryer. When dryer lint builds up in the trap and is not attendedto, the heat from the dryer can flash ignite the lint and spread the blaze quite quickly in the house.Homeowners are highly encouraged to seek out problems and fix them immediately. Doing so will allowfor better peace of mind.Understanding these problem areas and taking conscious steps toward better usage and preventionshould stop the majority of fires before they can start. A house that has had these efforts applied to itwill be much safer in nature.Photo credit: Martinak15, Momboleum