We understand that fire safety is important to the homeowners of Jefferson, WI. And while having the proper smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in place in your home is paramount, another key step to fire safety is knowing exactly what to be on the lookout for regarding fire risks.
Make sure your family is on the same page with fire safety. Start by making everyone aware of the seven most common causes of fires in the home:
1). Portable Heaters
While portable space heaters can certainly offer warmth in areas of the homes that aren’t readily heated, they are definitely one of the most dangerous fire hazards to watch out for.
If you use portable space heaters, always ensure a safe distance from furniture and other objects, and never leave a room with a space heater unattended.
2). Flammable Liquids
You may not realize it, but flammable liquids abound in most homes. They come in the form of paint, paint remover, stains, and other household cleaners and everyday products.
For any flammable liquids you have in your home, make sure you store them in a safe place, and always use them with great care. Finally, make sure that when you use rags or paper towels with flammable liquids, you never crumple them up and leave them in piles. Believe it or not, this can facilitate spontaneous combustion.
3). Unattended Candles
Of course, candles look and smell lovely in the home and make great additions to dinner tables and holiday celebrations. But when candles are left unattended or lurk too close to flammable furniture and other objects, they become a serious hazard.
Always stay by candles when they are lit. Moreover, keep candles at a safe distance from furniture, draperies, dishcloths, placemats, and children and pets.
4). Unattended Cooking
The number one cause of residential fires is unattended cooking. While you may consider yourself an avid home chef, it’s important that you always pay attention to what you’re doing and never leave the room when pans or pots are hot on the stove.
Furthermore, watch out for flammable objects that may come into contact with your stove or oven. Keep dish towels, rags, sponges, aprons, and hot pads at a distance to reduce the chance of fire in the kitchen.
5). Dirty Grills
In addition to kitchen cooking, outdoor cooking can be a fire hazard for homes as well. When grilling, always keep your grill at a safe distance from your home and a safe distance from overhanging trees, decks and porches, and other flammable objects outside. Always keep your grill clean as well. Build-up can cause spontaneous fires that grow out-of-control in seconds.
6). Lint Build-Up in Dryer Vents
Dryer vents can be another hazard to be on the lookout for. Make sure that you clean your dryer vents regularly as lint buildup inside vents can cause fires. Sadly, because of their location, dryer vent fires often go unnoticed until it’s too late.
7). Overloaded Electrical Outlets
Lastly, keep an eye on electrical outlets. Make sure not to overload outlets with too many appliances, and keep extension cord use and power bar use to a minimum. Finally, consider installing AFCI outlets in your home, which will detect arc-faults in in-wall circuits and help prevent electrical fires.
When it comes to fire safety, never underestimate the importance of a well-prepared home. It all starts with knowing the most common causes of fire. Make your family aware of these seven common fire causes, and contact Stauffer-Klug Insurance to review home insurance policies for maximum home protection.