Many of us are not aware of the fire hazards we are all exposed to in our own homes. Usually, the chances for this type of accident doesn’t seem big. However, we have to get educated and know how to detect potential dangers in our houses. That is the only way to understand the causes and learn more about the things you can do to prevent home fires.

Regular Checking of Smoke Alarms Saves You Trouble

The simplest thing you can do to make your home safe from fire is frequently checking your smoke detectors. You can press the button on the side to test if it is working at least once a month. If the sound is vague and weak, you should change the batteries. Still, many models will alert you when their batteries are low. You will hear peeping every couple of minutes and you shouldn’t ignore that. Though the entire system should be replaced every ten years, you should keep your eye on the new models. 

Also, have in mind that when the time comes, you shouldn’t do the smoke alarm installation by yourself. As a professional handyman, I am here to offer you my services, and conduct a precise and safe job.

Fire Extinguishers

In case you were unable to prevent the fire in your home, it would be good to have a fire extinguisher in your house. The best way to make sure you will manage to put the fire under control and react on time is to have one in rooms like the kitchen, where the risk is higher. Each member of your household should be able to handle the extinguisher, so they deal with the fire swiftly and successfully.

Work On Your Safety Habits

Creating safety habits and applying them daily can save you from a lot of trouble. Just by checking if some food particles got stuck on the burner or removing curtains or a dish towel standing too close to the stove, you will prevent potential combustion. 

One of the golden rules is to never leave the kitchen while you are cooking. Leaving the food on the stove unattended for a couple of seconds can cost you a lot more than you can imagine. If you have to leave, turn everything off. A good thing to ensure highly combustible areas in your house is the application of fire-rated silicone. It will slow down the fire if it breaks out and prevent it from spreading.

Wiring Maintenance

Almost every appliance we use in our households comes with cables and wires, and neglecting just one of those can be pretty dangerous. Before plugging anything in, you should inspect the cord for damages. Make sure that the cable hasn’t been frayed or surged. If you notice any type of damage to the wires, you will have to replace them immediately.

Electric cables are a huge fire hazard, and they shouldn’t be taken lightly. Examine the placement of wiring, and keep it away from carpets, curtains, furniture and other flammable items. It is better not to crowd cables in one socket, since they can cause electrical fires.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you have a television mounted on the wall, you shouldn’t leave cables hanging. That is one of the easiest ways to damage them. Instead, you should make sure that all wiring is safely camouflaged in the wall, and a good idea is to hire a handyman like me to help you with that. I can assure you I will do a thorough job to secure cables and avoid potential damages.