When it comes to protecting your home against a fire, you can never be safe enough. But as history has proved time and time again, even the most cautious among us sometimes can't escape the hands of fate.
Of course our goal today is not to scare you. Instead, our goal is to open your eyes to the very real danger that is a house fire. And to make sure that it never happens to you (or at least alleviate the risks of it happening to you) we have decided to compile a short list of basic home fire safety tips. So without further ado, here they are:
- Test your smoke alarms as often as possible. We can't stress enough the importance of doing this. Too many people forget them about them, checking on them every few years. Once a month is the usual recommendation.
- Don't smoke in your home. It's the 21st century. Do we really need to tell you this? :) But just in case, here it is again!
- Be careful with your space heaters. Make sure that they aren't sitting beside anything that can catch fire such as curtains.
- Clean your chimney. Cleaning your chimney once a year is recommended if you want to minimize the risk of a house fire.
- Cook smartly. We're looking at you, oven! Did you know that a good portion of house fires can be linked back to the stove? When cooking, make sure that the area around your stove is clutter free as well.
- Keep a fire extinguisher... or two! Your kitchen and the basement should be your first priorities.