Published: March 8, 2017 | Updated: January 17, 2020 | Posted by: Moneymax | Lifestyle
We’ve all heard stories of fires happening to homes and commercial buildings, and the destruction it leaves to the property and the people who resides in them. It’s true, even the smallest things can cause a blaze to ignite, and without warning.
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There are plenty of ways to prevent a fire from occurring in your property. Given that March is Fire Prevention Month, here are a few tips to ensure the safety of your home or building against such possibility.
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An aftermath of the fire in the UP Shopping Center this morning. Video c/o CNN Philippines.
Don’t leave your electronics charging, especially when you go out or sleep at night. This is a hazard to your property. Unplug cords from sockets when not in use or when you’re about to leave the house for an extended period of time.
News reports of a fire breaking out are normally reported as an unattended candle, a malfunctioning fuse box, or a busted light fixture. A way to ensure that a fire does not break out is to extinguish candles and keep fuse boxes and lights maintained.
An errant spark can cause gas to ignite, so always check gas tanks for leaks, and shut them off when not in use.
Faulty wiring in a home is a fire hazard, so be sure to check for any exposed wires in your appliances.
If you’ve got smokers at home ask them to do so outside and away from things that can easily be ignited by the embers of a cigarette butt.
It’s easy for them to accidentally hold a flame to flammable materials, or to drop a still-lit match on a wood floor if it burns them.
Don’t leave cooking unattended, and always keep handles facing inward. When cooking, keep children out of the kitchen. Don’t lean over open flames while wearing loose clothing as it may catch fire.
Small, portable fire extinguishers are best kept in case something begins to emit smoke or sparks. Water isn’t advisable as it may cause further damage to electric appliances and overload circuits.
It would be best to replace electronics once they begin to malfunction as any further wear and tear may create fire hazards during an electrical surge.
Most fires can start from the most mundane things: a pile of leaves, old newspapers, plastic bottles, and other innocuous items. Clean your home regularly to prevent the spread of a fire should it break out.
These are just some ways you can prevent a fire from happening, and one of the best precautions (especially for larger homes) is to install smoke detectors. In any case, it would also be ideal to discuss a fire escape plan with your family and practice what to do should a fire break out. Have emergency services on speed dial as well to allow for quick response if something does happen.
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