Quick Home Fire Prevention Tips to Keep Your Home Safe
October is National Fire Prevention Month and is an excellent reminder to protect the most important investment, your home. Below is a list of the most common causes of fire-related losses and some tips on how to help prevent them.
Faulty Electrical Wiring and Outlets
- Consider having wiring inspected if your home is over fifteen years old. If your home is over thirty years old, have an inspection done immediately.
- Inspect the electrical cords or wires of home. Check for any signs of fraying or exposure of wiring. Damage to appliance cables and extension cords can lead to electrical fires.
- Leave electrical cords exposed. Do not cover with carpet or rugs.
- Understand your home’s electrical system. Do not overload circuits. If additional items such as solar panels are installed, contact a licensed contractor to determine if the electrical system meets capacity.
- Have surge protectors to help protect devices in case of a power outage.
- Avoid leaving USB cables plugged in for long periods of time, as they can become hot.
- Be sure flat irons, curling irons or clothes irons are unplugged or have automatic shut-offs.
- Keep a fire extinguisher within reach of the kitchen area
- Routinely check kitchen electrical appliances wiring and electrical cords
- Never leave cooking pots and pans unattended
- Periodically check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. These alarms save lives but only if working
- Clean dryer vent often to avoid build up
- Clean out the lint filter after each use
- Do not leave dryer unattended. Check periodically when in use for proper ventilation.
Chimneys & Fireplaces
- Be sure chimney is inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney sweep
- Never burn cardboard, trash, trees or paper in your fireplace.
- Never use a vacuum to clean up ashes, as live coals may remain in those ashes
- Fireplaces should not be used as furnaces
- Never leave candles unattended
- Most candle fires start when items that burn are too close to candle
- Falling asleep is a major factor for candle fires and some have resulted in loss of life
With these simple tips, you can help protect your important investment. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Carlsbad or Temecula Insurance offices.