Disasters can happen. However, that doesn’t mean it has to take your entire home with it. There are plenty of precautions you can take to make sure your home is built to survive a fire disaster. Although there is no complete safety from fire, there are necessary precautions you can take to better your chances. On today’s “Ask the Handyman”, Upfront Handyman will discuss three ways to fireproof your home throughout the year.
Keep Fire Extinguishers Close
When a fire breaks out, it pays to be fast. It is best to keep fire extinguishers in your home, close and in reach. You should not only place a fire extinguisher in your kitchen but also in each room of your home, around any fireplaces and in the attic and basement. Although fire extinguishers are helpful, they do not last forever. Keep a log of all the expiration dates safe where you can look it over from time to time to stay as safe as possible.
Install and Frequently Check Alarms
Your home should have multiple smoke alarms throughout, in order to read smoke from all areas and rooms. You should have an alarm system installed if you do not have one currently. You should also check your alarm every four months to make sure they are in working order. To have a fire and an alarm that does not work is something that can be avoided.
Watch Your Candles
Even though a candle seems harmless, it can quickly become a fire hazard. Never leave a room without first distinguishing the candle. Your children, a pet or a breeze, may be enough to knock a candle over, leaving it to ignite whatever is around it. Never have candles burning in parts of the house that you are not in or multiple candles burning all at once. This hazard is often overlooked due to the common use of candles.
Check Your Fireplaces
If you have fireplaces, make sure they are completely put out before leaving your home or going to bed for the evening. Keep fireplaces clean and free of debris throughout the day and check for working conditions routinely.
If you feel that your home is not adequately prepared for a fire, it is time to hire a handyman to check things out. Upfront Handyman is available to help. Give us a call today at 817-310-8900 or visit us online at www.upfronthandyman.com.