3 Ways to Prepare Against Seasonal Fire Hazards

02B54785Keeping fire out of your home during the dry season is much better than cleaning up after a fire. There are some precautions that you can take even in the worst and driest environments to prepare against seasonal fire hazards. Here are the top three that are used by fire restoration and real estate insurance professionals.

Reduce the Elements of Fire.

Many people colloquially refer to fire as an element; however, the truth is that fire actually requires four "elements" of its own. These elements are as follows:
  1. oxygen,
  2. fuel,
  3. heat, and
  4. a reaction of those chemicals.
Fire will not occur if any of these four elements are missing from the environment. In the real world, these elements must be present in very condensed, small spaces. For instance, turning up your thermostat a few degrees will not increase the risk of fire, but the small and condensed heat that a match generates will. You obviously do not want to reduce the amount of oxygen in your home, but you can make sure there are no leaks in your air circulatory system that would encourage powerful, condensed streams of oxygen that could be ignited.

Consistent Home Inspection

In order to ensure that you have none of the four elements in a large enough and condensed enough form to cause a fire, home inspection is a cost efficient and highly effective solution. You should have a professional walk through the home at least once a year, and you may want to schedule this pro inspection during the height of the fire season. However, you can conduct your own home inspection at any time of the year to reduce risk and catch small problems before they become problematic. The kitchen is perhaps the riskiest room in the house in terms of fire. You can drastically reduce the chance of a fire by checking and repairing all appliances that are malfunctioning. Service any appliance that gets wet. Immediately replace all cords that look frayed. Also, make sure that you do not overload any of your outlets. Keep things off the stove, especially if children live in the house. Wearing tight clothes when cooking keeps fabric away from heat. The family room usually includes the fireplace. Use a non-flammable glass or metal screen to separate the fireplace from the rest of the house. Keep at least half an inch between the wall and the TV and stereo so that they do not overheat. If they do, unplug them completely. In the bathroom, keep all appliances away from running faucets. The medicine cabinet should also be locked away from children, as some prescription medications are flammable.

Other Ways to Prepare

  • Never smoke in the house.
  • Do not spray any aerosol when you are near a space heater.
  • Leave a key in the interior lock when people are in the house.
  • Do not use a cigarette lighter or an automatic candle if you spill fluid.
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