Preventing House Fires
Fire safety isn’t something to just practice when camping. Ensure that you are taking the right steps to prevent starting house fires in your home.
With the holidays approaching and the temperatures cooling, there are now more risks than ever for house fires. While fire hazards, in general, aren’t seasonal, this time of year we often see a few additional items brought into homes that can pose a fire safety risk. In order to ensure the safety of you, your loved ones, and your home, it is essential to be able to identify these risks and know what you can do to prevent a fire in your home.
What Items Can Be Fire Hazards?
There is a long list of items that can pose a risk to starting a house fire. While some of the items can be dangerous, they shouldn’t detract you from having or using them. Instead, we encourage you to remain aware, be informed, and practice caution when dealing with any items that are in your home. Some common fire hazards found around a home can include:
- Space Heaters
- Flammable Liquids – Gasoline, paints, alcohols
- Faulty Electrical Wiring, Appliances, or Lighting
- Christmas Trees
How Can You Prevent House Fires?
Despite how many objects can pose some type of house fire risk, there are many things that you can do to ensure that your home stays fire-free.
When cooking, always stay in the kitchen when you are grilling, broiling, or frying foods or turn off appliances if you have to leave for even a short time. Keep sleeves, loose clothing, and hair pulled back and away from fires, and don’t forget to always keep a fire extinguisher somewhere where it will be readily available.
Cords and wires that are frayed or damaged are capable of starting electrical fires. If you notice any damaged wiring to your home or appliances, shut off the power and repair or replace the damage as soon as possible.
Faulty wiring and electrical issues can be dangerous for many reasons beyond starting house fires. In these situations, it is best to let a professional electrician come in to inspect and make any repairs that may be needed.
During the winter months, you will want to remain aware of radiators and space heaters that are used to keep your home warm. Never place combustible items on or near them as they can cause house fires. If you will be using a space heater or radiator, ensure that they are safety compliant and have features such as a thermostat control and the ability to turn off on their own. Investing in a central heating system can also be a great way to deliver the heat you’re looking for and with available financing options, upgrading won’t break the bank either.
Christmas trees are another common fire hazard in the winter months. While a real tree smells and looks great, as it dries it can become a major fire risk. Be sure to keep any Christmas tree away from heat sources and inspect the wiring of the lights that you plan on using and that they meet safety requirements.
For real trees, ensure that they stay fresh. Once the pine needles start to drop, they become a significantly greater hazard and should be removed from the home. On average, a Christmas tree can last between 4-5 weeks before drying out, but this time frame will depend on the type of tree and how well it is cared for.
Keep Your Home Fire Safe with the Pros
Taking proactive measures is essential to preventing house fires. In order to make sure your home is up to code and protected from potential electrical fire threats, it is important to go with an experienced electrician you can trust. At Mason Pro Services, each of our technicians go through extensive training in order to deliver quality results and service. Feel comfortable that your electrical infrastructure is in good condition and give us a call today!