Tips for securing your home against fire

A fire is one of the worst things that can happen to your home. It leads to massive losses and can also cause serious injuries or even death in the worst case scenarios. As a homeowner, it is your duty to put in place all the safeguards you can against fire to ensure that it never happens and if it does, it is put out quickly before causing any damage. The following are some of the things you can do to prevent a fire in your home:

1. Install smoke alarms and monitor them regularly

'Where there is smoke, there is a fire' is a common saying in some parts of the world. Smoke is the first thing that lets you know that there's a fire. You need smoke alarms in your home to alert you the minute a fire starts regardless of whether you're at home or not. A sprinkler system to go along with the smoke detectors is even better. Make sure you check the smoke alarms to ensure they are working at all times.

2. Inspect heating sources

You need to inspect your home's heating sources at least once a year to reduce the risk of fire. Change the filters regularly to prevent the buildup of dust or lint that can catch fire easily. If you have space heaters, inspect them carefully before and after use and place them a safe distance away from combustible things.

3. Inspect electric systems

A lot of fires are caused by electrical faults that could have been avoided had the electrical system been maintained properly. Make it a point to have a professional electrician inspect your home to ensure everything is working as it should. Have them check the condition of all cords and keep an eye out for frayed wires.

4. Store flammable items properly

We use a lot of flammable products at home; household cleaners, cosmetic products, insecticides, aerosol sprays, shaving cream, hair sprays, and many others. You should be aware of all the flammable items you have in your home so that you can store them safely away from heat and direct exposure to sunlight. Have a designated spot for such items away from kids or pets.

5. Use candles carefully

Yes, candles can turn a regular dinner into an intimate, romantic moment with your spouse but if you forget to put them out or handle them carelessly, they can easily cause a fire. Never leave any lit candles unattended and always keep them far away from flammable items like curtains or blankets.

6. Keep the oven and stove clear

Don't leave any flammable items near your stove or oven. Ensure curtains are far from the stove and don't leave towels or cookbooks near it.

7. Stay in the kitchen

Never leave any hot cooking surface in the kitchen unattended. Whether it's an electric griddle or a pot on the stove, stay close to it until you're done cooking.

8. Install a fire extinguisher

Every home needs at least one fire extinguisher to put out any fires that may pop up before it's too late. It should be placed in an accessible area preferably near the kitchen. Make sure all the members of your family know exactly where it is and how to use it.