Situations such as a faulty water heater or counter appliance can turn something we consistently rely on into a home disaster. All it takes is a simple spark or faulty valve to engulf your home into flames. Do you have a fire escape plan if a disaster were to strike?
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Don’t Be Negligent
Negligence is also a leading cause of house fires. Some of the top fire threats that we can avoid:
- Never leave cooking unattended.
All too often we become distracted when preparing meals. A phone call, a child whimper or other immediate need takes us away from the kitchen. Cooking related fires are one of the leading causes of house fires. Never leave a hot device unattended.
- Space your space heaters.
Space heaters are the second leading cause of house fires, especially in the winter. If you use a portable space heater, keep it away from fabric or other flammable material that can easily catch fire. It is always wise to stay in close proximity when using space heaters.
- Avoid smoking in the home
Smoking related fires usually results from a smoker falling asleep or leaving smoldering butts next to flammable surfaces such as couch cushion or pillow. Simple rule: all smoking should be done outdoors.
- Check your electrical devices
Faulty or worn electrical cords that haven’t been checked can cause fires. A cracked or worn cord can spark and set bedding material aflame. Additionally, attaching too many cords to one electrical unit can overheat and spark. So inspect your cords often.
- Blow-out candles
An unfortunate cause of house fires is when open-flame candles are left unattended. If you plan to leave the room, blow-out it out.
With a little "smart thinking" and preparedness, we can ensure the safety of our home and family.