Whether you know or not, fire breakouts, especially at residential areas, are one of the most common causes of death. It is true if your house is located far from town. Fire breakouts and death from fire aren’t actually a natural calamity and we are actually the ones who invite such breakouts. It is estimated that 38% of all fire breakouts are in a residential area and happen due to sheer negligence. So don’t you think it is high time that you make your house fireproof?
Practically, you cannot make your house fireproof except by installing everything that comes with a fireproof label, but if you really want to make your house fireproof, you need to understand some basics of how fire breaks out and what to do to prevent them and even if a fire breaks out at your house, what to do so minimize or reduce the damage.
With proper precaution and care, we can not only prevent damages from any fire breakouts but, ultimately, we can make our house a fireproof zone and hence completely avoid any fire casualties.
Here are some of the safety tips that will help you create a literally fireproof house:
1. Always Check Electrical Appliances
The first and foremost causes of fire breakouts in a residential home are due to factors such as an electrical short circuit. Whether you are in a residential area or at an office, make a habit of always checking an electrical appliance, checking any sparking plugs, checking for any foul smell of wire burning, and even the entire electrical system.
Fix any problems on your roof as well in order to avoid ungrounded wires. According to Thomas Roofing, one way that water can come in contact with electricity is through leaking roof, and if the water is not properly diverted, it starts to seep in through the attics, crawl spaces, and ceiling, through which most of the home’s electrical wiring is. It is very important to check and make sure that the wires, cables, and electrical appliances are fully functioning and do not have any problems.
2. Make it a Habit To Check For Gas Leakages
Another leading cause of fire breakouts – gas leaks. If you make a habit of always checking for gas leaks every time you finish your chores in the kitchen, you’ll literally be one step closer to making your house fireproof. So always make a habit of checking for any gas leaks before you go to bed or after finishing your kitchen works.
3. Proper Positioning Of Lighting
One of the causes of residential fires are also bulbs and night lights that constantly touch the drapes and curtains, which after prolonged hours of contact, will ignite a fire. Proper placement of bulbs and lights such that it does not touch the drapes, bed sheets, or curtains, etc., is also important in the process of making your house fireproof.
4. Consider A Fire Door
As the name implies, it is for your safety should there be any untoward fire incidents that would happen. Although it can be found mostly on big buildings, it wouldn’t hurt that much if you have one in your house. If you decide to install one, make sure that the walls, ceiling, solid door architrave, and any entrances must be designed to resist the fire longer. On an everyday basis, fire doors can serve as any other ordinary door. But once there’s a fire breakout, you’ll be glad you have them installed.
5. Install Smoke Detectors And Keep Fire Extinguisher Handy
By installing smoke detectors and smoke alarms, you will not just be safeguarding your house from fire but you’ll also be safeguarding your family and the life of your loved ones. Moreover, keeping a fire extinguisher handy is always a good decision, so that in the case of any accidental fire breakouts, you at least will know what to do to extinguish the fire.
6. Fireproof Your Carpet
Today, people are getting more and more concerned about health and safety. Most of the times such can be exaggerated, but when it comes fireproofing your home or your workplace, carpets or carpet tiles, although they’re treated mostly as another luxury, should be fire resistant. If you’re not sure whether your carpet is already fire resistant, try contacting the supplier and ask them. However, if you haven’t yet and you opt for a more permanent style, request this feature to the installation professionals or local supplier, in case you want to install carpet tiles by yourself.
7. Educate Children
Another important thing is to properly educate children on how important it is to not play with fire and making sure that your children are not playing with appliances that ignite fire such as lighter, candles, matchstick, or anything that can ignite a fire.
It just takes a little precaution to make your house fireproof. So always be careful when it comes to fire because if you are not careful, you never know when it’ll turn all your valuables to ashes.