A fire in your home is one of the worst tragedies which can occur. In just a few minutes, a fire can completely engulf a household, destroying everything inside and rendering its former inhabitants homeless. Not every fire can be prevented, but with the right precautions, you can curb many hazards in your home.
1. Be Mindful of the Electrical System
Electrical fires can be caused by faulty wiring, water build-up near outlets, and overloaded electrical circuits. You can protect your home against electrical fires by keeping outlets dry, using surge protectors, and having your home routinely inspected by a licensed electrician. If purchasing a home check for aluminum or pig tailed wiring that can be very dangerous.
2. Exercise Caution in the Kitchen
Pots and pans left unattended on the stovetop or in the oven can catch fire or cause your household to fill with smoke. Microwaves, toaster ovens, and grills can also cause fires if used improperly. Exercising caution in the kitchen and paying close attention to your dishes as you cook will prevent these accidents and keep your home safe.
3. Turn Off & Unplug Styling Tools After Use
Homeowners insurance agents note many fires are caused by styling tools. Curling irons, flat irons, and blow dryers pose two potential hazards. First, the heated portions of these devices can burn fabric or furniture if left unattended. Second, many tools—blow dryers in particular—use a high wattage and can overload circuits, causing electrical fires. Unplug these appliances when they are not in use and avoid placing them on flammable surfaces while they are still hot.
4. Clean Your Dryer Vent on a Regular Basis
If you have a clothes dryer you regularly use in your home, clean the lint trap between uses. If this is not properly cleaned, the lint and dust that build up inside can overheat and catch fire. Taking just one minute to clean the lint trap after each use will protect your clothing and your home. Additionally, every three months or so, clean the vent and vent hose with a vacuum or specialized tool. This will prevent a build-up of lint, which can also cause a fire.
5. Use Your Fireplace With Care
A fireplace is a terrific way to make your home feel warm and cozy during the fall and winter, but it should always be used with caution. Keep your chimney clean, only use seasoned wood, bank it safely before going to bed at night, and never throw cardboard or trash in your fireplace.
If you are in need of an insurance company to protect your home and belongings, call (732) 972-1771 to be connected with an insurance agent. For more real-life tips from the homeowner’s insurance agents at NorthEast Insurance Services or for more information on the different types of insurance available, visit them online.