In 2018 alone, over 1.5 million house fires were recorded according to the National Fire Protection Association. Approximately 3,655 civilian deaths were reported due to these fires, 15,000 injuries, and over $25 billion dollars in property loss. Fire can destroy a home in seconds, which is why it is imperative that everyone be aware of the hazards that cause house fires, and what to do to prevent them from happening.
Tips to Avoid Fire Hazards
1. Watch yourself while in the kitchen: Most house fires are caused by accidents in the kitchen. When you’re cooking, never leave a lit stove unattended. If you must walk away from the kitchen, make sure that all burners are turned off. A fire can spread within seconds, getting out of hand before you can respond.
2. Keep open flames to a minimum: Candles are great for mood lighting, but one strong breeze and the open flame can cause a fire to catch and quickly spread.
3. Watch out when grilling: We all love to barbecue, but when grilling, make sure the grill is at least 10 feet away from siding and railings. It’s also important to clear off any overhanging plants, bushes, and tree branches.
4. Wear appropriate clothing: When cooking or grilling make sure sleeves are rolled up and long hair is tied back. Never have a towel or apron hanging low enough for a flame to reach.
5. Watch your extension cords: As tempting as it might be, do not overload extension cords or power strips.
6. Check for frayed wires: Look at the cords of old appliances and old extension cords. If you notice wear and tear or frayed/exposed wires, unplug them and get them out of the house!
7. Watch the cigarettes: If you smoke in your home, watch where you put out your cigarettes. Light and portable, a lit cigarette can lead to many different fire problems. Try not to smoke indoors, but if you must, never smoke in bed and always make sure cigarette butts are completely extinguished before throwing them in the trash.
8. Keep portable heaters to a minimum: We all get cold in the winter, but space heaters are a big fire hazard, especially if left unattended. Make sure your space heaters have an automatic shut off, and never put a space heater directly against curtains or another piece of furniture.
9. Educate your children about fire safety: Kids are curious, and curiosity and fire don’t mix. Teach kids that fire is not a toy, and if they stumble across matches or a lighter to hand it over to an adult right away. Also make sure children are aware of the fire safety plan for the home in case a fire does break out and escape is necessary.
10. Be safe with your fireplace: If you have an in-home fireplace, make sure to use the equipment properly. The screen or door should always be in place to prevent sparks from flying onto the floor. Clean chimneys once a year, and your fireplace monthly. Never leave a fire burning in the fireplace unattended.
Call McMahon Services for Fire Restoration Services
Regardless of how much you prepare and work on fire prevention, accidents can happen. If you find yourself needing the help of a fire restoration service, McMahon Services is here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will work with you to return your home to normal as quickly as possible for you and your family. Call us today for more information about our fire restoration services.