Fireproofing your home is one of the hallmarks of Bucks, PA residential security.
You can install burglar alarms, double lock your doors and ask your neighbors to look in on your home when you’re on vacation, but if you’re not taking steps to prevent fires at home, you’re not truly secure.
Here are 10 easy things you can do to keep you and your family safe.
1. Clear your home of clutter
Do you have a big pile of clothing in your closet that you’re thinking about giving away? A stack of unread magazines in your garage? It’s time to get rid of them. The more stuff you’re keeping at home, the easier time a fire will have spreading.
2. Remove debris from your gutter
Your closest neighbor might be a few blocks away, but that’s an easy distance for the embers from a nearby fire to travel. And if those embers land in a bunch of old, dry leaves that have collected inside your rain gutters, they can easily catch fire.
Clean your gutters on a regular basis and make sure your chimney is cleaned and inspected once a year to reduce soot build-up.
3. Pay attention to power lines
If there are power lines near your home – or running above it – make sure they won’t be knocked down by tree limbs. Trees need to be trimmed to be kept away from power lines. This is something most utility companies will do if you contact them.
4. Check your dryer
Clean out your dryer’s lint trap every time you do laundry. Lint is extremely flammable – you can use it to build a campfire – and one of the leading causes of house fires. Make sure you check your lint trap at least after every 4-6 loads of laundry.
5. Lamps and candles
Lightbulbs can get hot enough to set materials on fire. Make sure drapes and bed sheets are far away from your lamps. And be cautious when using candles, which can present a fire hazard when knocked over. If you enjoy the scent a burning candle provides, consider switching to an oil diffuser.
6. Electrical safety
Does it seem like you’re constantly tripping your home’s circuit breaker? You might be overloading an outlet, or worse, have something wrong with your electrical system. See if things change by trying to draw less power from that outlet. If that doesn’t work, consult an electrician.
It’s also a good idea to replace faulty appliances – putting aside fires, electrical safety is a basic of Bucks, PA residential security – that have begun to spark when you unplug them.
7. Rethink your wooden deck
Are you considering installing a deck? You should opt for a fire-resistant material like concrete, brick or stone. Wood might be a cheaper building material, but it’s also an easy way for outdoor fires to reach your home.
8. Space heater safety
Space heaters – especially older models – can be dangerous. Keep them away from flammable materials, and not positioned in a space where they could be knocked over by children or pets.
9. Make a plan
Having a plan for what to do in the case of a fire should be part of a larger Bucks, PA residential security plan for you and your family.
Make sure you and your loved ones have mapped out escape routes and picked a designated meeting place to rendezvous during an emergency.
10. Check your alarms
You should check your fire alarms twice a year to make sure they’re working. Have smoke alarms in every bedroom, plus one on each floor of your home. These should be placed high on the wall, because smoke will rise to them.
Your home should also have at least one fire extinguisher, ideally in the kitchen, as this is where many fires begin. Make sure everyone who is old enough to use it knows how it works.
Are you looking to add an extra level of fire protection to your home beyond the things we’ve described here? Holicong Security can help.
For close to 70 years, people have called upon our Bucks PA residential security experts to install fire alarms, smoke detectors and sprinkler systems. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help keep your home and family safe.