Fire safety is very important  in order to keep you, your family, and your possessions safe. There are many common tasks in your home that you can perform to improve the fire safety of your home for you and your family. Reducing fire hazards is a pretty simple task. It is all about being conscious of what goes on inside your home. Eliminate fire hazards from your home with these household tips.


Electrical cords and outlets are an obvious fire hazard. Don’t overload the outlets in your home. If you are using a power strip, be aware of the amount of power that you have flowing into the strip. Also replace frayed or damaged cords, and don’t run cords under carpet because they can overheat and catch fire.  Your dryer can also be a hazardous tool,so  be sure to remove lint after every cycle to prevent it from catching fire.

Open Flames

Avoid having candles, matches, or lighters in the house. If you do have them in your home, be sure to keep them out of the reach of children, and be responsible. If you like to light candles, never leave them unattended. They can catch fire easily on things like curtains and other fabrics or papers. Speaking of fire, make sure that your fireplace has a metal grate on the front or a glass front. It is also important to have your chimney inspected and cleaned once a year to detect any fire hazards. We also recommend not smoking in your home. If you have to smoke, do it outside, and keep a bottle with about an inch of liquid in the bottom to dispose of your cigarette butts. This will ensure that the cigarettes are always extinguished.


Store flammable liquids in their original containers in a dry and safe place.  Also make sure that the lids fit tightly. Follow these rules for all chemicals and products like paint, paint thinner, gasoline, propane, kerosene, and ammonia.

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