Every day in the U.S. there are approximately 1,000 home fires. Here are five tips to reduce the risk and keep your family safe:
#5: Keep your stove and oven clean
Cooking is the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen. Forgotten food particles on the burner or in the oven can lead to fires. Maintaining a clean oven and stove dramatically improves fire safety in the kitchen.
#4: Maintain electrical cords
Before plugging something in, make sure the cord is not frayed or chewed. If you do notice damaged wires, replace them as soon as possible. Damaged electrical cords can quickly lead to devastating fires.
#3: Properly store flammable products
Household cleaners and other common items like hairspray and shaving cream can be dangerous combustibles if exposed to a heat source. Keep them safely stored in cool areas away from heat sources.
#2: Always check your dryer
While it's important to empty the lint trap between each load of laundry, it's also very important to keep the dryer vent clear of highly flammable lint. Having your dryer and vent inspected and cleaned annually can greatly reduce the risk of laundry room fires.
#1: Keep fire extinguishers around
Fire extinguishers are your best defense when a fire breaks out. Keep them in every room that poses a risk for fire, such as your kitchen and laundry room.
Make sure every family member knows how to use the fire extinguisher, so in the event of an emergency, the fire can be quickly put out.
There you have it! Five simple tips to reduce the risk of fire in your home.