Constructing homes with fireproof materials is essential in today’s design, but you can do your part in safeguarding your home. By protecting your home investment with our simple fireproofing tips, you can avoid accidents and disasters and keep your family safe.
What to Consider When Fireproofing Your Home
Checking your home for spots that are susceptible to fires is key to evaluating the safety of your premises. While identifying hazardous areas, keep these features in mind to help protect your home.
Make Fire Extinguishers Accessible
Fire extinguishers are your best defence against small fires. By having fire extinguishers in areas of your home with heating equipment or flammable materials, such as kitchens, basements, and garages, you can be prepared in emergencies.
Always make sure your fire extinguishers are up to date. Check the label on your fire extinguisher for an expiration date, and remove dust, oil, or grease that might be on your equipment.
Install Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors are an essential alarm in the event of a fire. Install smoke detectors inside each bedroom, outside sleeping areas, and on every level of your home. Always test your smoke detectors every 3 to 4 months, and replace batteries as needed.
Any devices or appliances that draw a large amount of electricity should be inspected for faulty wiring. Since overloaded circuits can spark fires, using a voltage tester or receptacle analyzer can detect a troubled circuit. Tripped circuit breakers, discoloured outlets, and charred wires are also signs of an electrical circuit problem that could potentially cause a fire.
Keep Your House Clean
An untidy house, messy bedroom, or a little bit of junk isn’t the end of the world, but an accumulation of flammable material can certainly add up. Make a schedule for cleaning storage areas and rooms at least once a year to make sure that you limit the number of flammable materials you keep.
Common Furnace Fire Causes
Being aware of the common furnace fire causes can help you avoid a dangerous situation and keep your family safe. Heaters are a necessity in the colder months and it’s important to use them safely. The most common causes of fires include:
- Dirty air filters that restrict airflow and cause motors to overheat
- Faulty parts and bad wiring
- Tight motor bearings that aren’t lubricated regularly
- Flammable materials around heating equipment
- Ignoring regular maintenance
By having your furnace inspected regularly, you can prevent furnace fires and save money. Contact ClimateCare for professional maintenance service that includes an inspection of your heating system at the same time.
Installing fire prevention equipment can increase the value of your property and lower your home insurance at the same time. Smoke alarms, fire sprinklers, new appliances, and renovated electrical wiring can not only protect your family but can also lower your insurance premiums.
Alarm discounts are available at insurance providers for homes with centrally monitored fire or security systems, but specifics may vary. Contact your insurance provider to see how fireproofing your home can save you money.
Contact your local ClimateCare member to find out about HVAC equipment, system maintenance plans, and how to further fireproof your home. Whether your heating and cooling system is old or new, our local Ontario HVAC experts are ready to take care of your safety needs.