The first and possibly most important rule of thumb to remember is that no home can be entirely fire-proof and you need to be fully prepared should flames arise. Thorough preparation, including pre-determined ‘meet up' points and education in the basics of fire safety, could mean the difference between life and death. As such, it is important that every family member is fully prepped for the worst. If you live in an area located close to masses of foliage like a forest, these areas are often prone to fires. In light of this, it may be worth backing up the fire safety theory you teach your children with fire safety practice. The easiest way to do this is to get them involved in physical preparation. By doing so you not only teach the whole family about the basics, you reinforce the knowledge with a practical test.
In this article we will be taking a look at a few ways to ensure maximum fire safety in your home.
Examine the Garden
So, we've already spoken a little bit about pre-fire tuition but what about looking at areas where fires are likely to occur? While most house fires begin inside the home, the exterior can be just as prone to fires as the interior, especially in rural areas. For optimal safety, you should consider planting fire-resistant plants in close proximity to the home as well as beyond 100 feet. Ideally, you also need to focus on harvesting low vegetation such as grass.
For most homes grass is a basic garden staple. If that is the case at your home, it is vital you keep it fresh and watered in order to prevent the risk of fire spreading across the garden. If you're keen enough to plant trees and scrubs then in terms of fire safety it is recommended that you plant them at least ten feet away from the house. If your garden is not big enough to accommodate this it is advised that you avoid any type of highly combustible flora at all costs.
A few fire-resistant plants may include:
- African Daisies
- Aaron's Beard
- Dwarf Periwinkle
- Creeping Rosemary
- Rock Rose
Adverts and experts alike will tell you that regularly testing your smoke detector could save your life one day and they're right. It is advised to test your smoke detectors at least once a month and ensure that you change the batteries on a regular basis.
Further to this, it's no good having a smoke detector if it's in the wrong place. Ideally, you want a smoke detector on every floor. If possible, it is best they are placed outside the bedrooms in order to raise the alarm to every family member in the event of a fire.
You may also want to consider investing in one or two fire extinguishers to place around the home. This type of measure is advised for those who live in fire-prone areas but it is still worthwhile for those who simply want to take extra precautionary measures. Like alarms, for the best effect extinguishers need to be located in the right place so you need to consider the most fire-prone areas in your home. Fire-prone areas may include the kitchen, laundry room, garage or shed. On purchasing a fire extinguisher, it is also important that you know how to use it properly. It is recommended to test it out first so that you and your family members get a feel of how it works.
According to netquote, accumulation of vegetation debris can cause severe structural damage to your gutters. In the event of a fire this may provide a risky space for flames to blow into so it is important to regularly clean your gutters. During dry seasons such like summer, fallen debris also runs the risk of smouldering and catching fire, making it extra vital that all gutters are thoroughly seen to.
Nowadays modern homes are installed with some sort of insulation and it is your responsibility to find out whether or not your insulation is fire-resistant and adequately compiled. You can do this by contacting a reputable insulator or by enquiring at a local fire and flood restoration company. Such experts will be able to give you guidance and advice on fire-resistant insulation materials.
Alternatively, if you have the experience and knowledge on how to replace the materials yourself, there are plenty of places to purchase such materials either online or in a store. Fire-proofing your home is important so it would be best to visit a store so you can ensure that you purchase the right insulation materials from a reliable and honest source.
These are just a few ways on how to fire-proof your home. Do you have any more that you'd like to add?