Do you have fire hazards lurking around your home? There are many things that can start a fire -- and fire, once started, can spread very quickly. Performing an annual or semi-annual check of your property is a good idea to reduce your risk.
1. Malfunctioning Fire Alarms
Many people turn off their fire alarms when they start beeping or malfunctioning. In fact, most "malfunctions" of fire alarms are simply a warning that the battery is running out. Make sure all your fire alarms have fresh batteries and that they are operating as they should. Fire alarms should have a "test" button in the back so you can make sure they're working.
2. Dry Brush
Especially in the summer months, it can be easy to lose track of dry brush surrounding your home. Take some time to look under and around bushes and cut back any over-growth that has occurred close to your house. Dry brush can easily spontaneously ignite, or could be ignited by some exterior source -- such as a passerby with a cigarette.
3. Pest Damage in Walls
Pests can often cause damage to wiring inside of walls. Wiring, when not insulated, gets very hot. This pest damage can potentially cause insulation to ignite or the interior of the walls to set on fire. Pest damage can be counteracted two ways: ensuring that pest control services are rendered and making sure that insulation and other interior wall materials are protected against fire. Some insulating materials have more fire resistance than others.
4. Overloaded Circuits
Every outlet in your home is only rated up until a certain amount of energy flow. If you put extension cords in your outlets and overload them, you could potentially cause an electrical fire. Distribute the energy usage in your home as evenly as possible and never use an extension cord to add more outlets to another extension cord -- i.e. don't try to increase the amount of outlets you have by stacking extensions.
5. Boxes and Paper
Finally, old boxes and paper are frequently stored in garages and attics. These items are extremely flammable. In order to protect yourself and your family, make sure these items are kept away from walls and any heat sources -- such as boilers and other appliances. If possible, store items in plastic bins rather than in cardboard.
A fire alarm monitoring company like Fyr Fyter Inc can substantially reduce your risk. There are many reasons that a fire can occur, but a monitoring service will be able to detect the fire -- hopefully before your family and your possessions experience any significant injury or loss.