House fires are something that no one really wants to think about. Loosing everything and starting over over even worse someone being trapped and dying. In order to help you protect your family we found this article with five simple ways to prevent fire in your home. We hope it helps!
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Accidental house fires remain a serious safety threat to homeowners, renters and their families. Each year, roughly 3,400 people are killed in home fires or by burn injuries, making them the third-most-common cause of accidental deaths at home. Eight out of 10 fire-related deaths occur at home ??? the place that is the very embodiment of comfort and security.
“Unfortunately, people often think an accident is something that is inevitable,” says Meri-K Appy, president of the Home Safety Council. “But we know that almost every accident is preventable.” In an interview with U.S. News & World Report, Appy outlined the most common ways that home fires ignite and provided a list of simple steps homeowners can take to prevent them.
Fire safety starts in the kitchen. Cooking ??? particularly stove-top cooking ??? represents the leading cause of home fires. Many such fires occur after residents put something on the stove but become distracted and forget about it. “They lose track of it, and then before they know it, the fire is very large,” Appy says.
Solution: Stand by your pan
Because cooking causes so many home fires, it’s essential to give anything that’s on top of your stove your undivided attention. “I sometimes make a joke about the Tammy Wynette song ???Stand by Your Man???: ‘Stand by your pan,'” Appy says. “If you have to leave [the kitchen], turn the heat off [the burner] before you answer the phone or leave the room.”
Faulty or deteriorating electrical cords are another top cause of home fires. Cords that become frayed or cracked can send sparks to flammable surfaces and start a fire.
Solution: Cord checkup
Check all of your electrical cords to ensure that they are in good shape, and replace any that are worn out. In addition, “make sure you are not overloading circuits,” Appy says. “It should be one plug per receptacle ??? you don’t want that octopus thing going on.”
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