Behold, a tiny spark. And a second later, the whole house incinerates into ashes. Everything’s lost. Goods, properties, and most importantly, lives.
The cause? Could be anything, starting from a traveling wildfire ember to a short circuit. That is actually insignificant, at least in comparison to the widespread devastation that’s brought about as a result.
How can you prevent a house fire? What are the measures you can take to fireproof your home? How can you save yourself and others from such an awful demise?
By following the comprehensive and practical points laid out below for your convenience. Check them out.
Set Up Smoke Detectors
It’s a silent assassin, fire. It starts surreptitiously, spreads swiftly, and levels everything in its path. But there’s one thing which gives it away: the smoke. If you can tap into this, you can stop it in its elementary stages, and prevent mass destruction. Have a smoke detecting alarm installed in your home, as a part of your overall Vivint home security setup. Check it regularly. Tune it with your smartphone. Save lives.
Frame with Concrete
Gone are the days when lumber was used as the main resource in house construction. Logs used to be stacked by the number near a house under development. But wood, being a massive combustible matter, catches fire in a second. Try to avoid it, and go for safer concrete panels with a foam core and a rock-based foundation.
Prop Fire Extinguishers
It’s tactical on your part if you set up fire extinguishers in parts of your house so that they’re always close by in times of need. Using the compressed carbon dioxide–i.e. dry ice–you can smoothly put out a fire before it erupts into threatening levels. Educate your family members how to use them properly without panicking. They’re an indispensable preventive measure.
Buttress the Windows
Windows are a possible emergency evacuation route, so it’s important that they don’t catch fire, and block your way. Instead of using wooden frames and light, single-paned glasses for your windows–which are susceptible to being incinerated–you should go for heavy-duty, metal frames, and multi-layered, tempered glass panes, which can withstand heat and pressure.
Be Careful with Cigarettes
If you’re one of those people who are hooked on cigarettes and enjoy the experience immensely, then you should also take care of your surroundings. Why? Because a lit cigarette butt can start a gargantuan fire. Put it out with water, an ashtray, or a sand can when throwing away the stub.
Treat the Roof
When it comes to a wildfire, you can’t really predict the direction its coming from. The flying embers can land on top of your roof without you even noticing, and if it’s made of wood or other combustible stuff, it can set the whole house ablaze. Skip the wood for steel, tile, or slate roofing. Beyond this, if dead leaves or other garbage is stuck in the roof gutters, you should clean it out, as it can serve as kindling for fire.
Enclose BBQ Pits
How can you best complement the winters? With an outdoorsy barbeque session, that’s how! But if it’s too dry out there, you should avoid it. Also, make sure to line the fire pit with a stone boundary, which encloses it, and doesn’t allow any chance of a fire escalation.
Clear Off Dead Foliage
A leaf-rot loam may be best for growing veggies, but it is also a major fire hazard. If the land surrounding your house sets on fire, then it’ll slowly encircle you, and radically minimize any chance of a safe escape. You should clear the space, up to at least 50 meters from your house, of any dead vegetation, leaves, and dry grass. Also, trim the dangerously projecting branches of nearby trees. Avoid conifers if you can, as their sap attracts fire.
Suppose you’ve plugged in your microwave oven, blender, and refrigerator in the same outlet, and it cannot bear the heavy load, leading to a terrible short circuit. Or maybe you’ve neglected your house’s wiring system, and it has worn out, exposing the electric channels to a major fire risk. What are you to do then? Stop overloading the outlets, that’s what! Insulate the wiring well. Put it in waterproof covering. Tightly plug in your appliances. Exterminate pests.
Plant Fire-Resistant Flora
Nature’s bounties are here at your doorstep; take advantage of them while you’re at it. Can you believe that there are actually fire-resistant plants with more water content and less resin count, just lying out there for use? Well, there are. Now you can plant sycamore, lavender, yellow ice plant, and California Fuchsia around your house, and stay on the safe side while at it.
What keeps your home centrally heated in the dead of winter? Your furnace in the basement. It’s slightly tricky to handle, but once it’s set up, make sure that you regularly check it. Clean out its filter from time to time, which once clogged, can overheat the system and lead to a fire.
Once a carpet or a curtain catches fire, there’s no way of saving it, or the next object in its way. After all, wood and wool both are highly combustible. Make sure that your furnishing is fireproof itself, or coated with a fire-resistant spray.
By implementing these tactics, you can prevent fire from spreading, or even starting in the first place. Fireproof your home like a pro!