Be Careful of These Home Fire Hazards
Our team is going over and highlighting some of the most surprising fire hazards in the home that you may not think (or know) about.
How often do you empty the lint trap in your dryer? Letting lint accumulate is the equivalent of gathering tinder to start a fire. Dryer lint is highly flammable and can catch on fire with relative ease in your dryer. Keep the lint trap free and clear to avoid this safety hazard.
Drapes and curtains can make a home appear more put together and complete, but they can also cause problems at home. Soft materials allow fire to move through a larger space more quickly and can allow flames to spread with ease. Keep any hanging fabric away from heating elements like fireplaces, string lights, and space heaters to avoid catastrophe.
When was the last time you dusted your HVAC system or cleaned the filter? Like lint, letting dust accumulate causes your HVAC system to work harder. Clean your system regularly to decrease the chances of a house fire.
Do you know what kind of bulbs your lamps require? Putting the wrong watt bulb into a lighting fixture can cause a short circuit, leading to a fire.
Cooking can be a great family activity, but cooking with oil has its dangers. Oil is highly flammable, so it’s important to monitor cooking and teach your family members the proper way to put out a grease fire.
Don’t rely on extension cords, and never plug an extension cord into another extension cord. Knowing how to use these tools appropriately can prevent overheating and keep your home and family safe.