Guest Blogger #554, Entry #1259, June 6, 2012
Home improvement isn’t just about fixing that one stair that creaks the loudest or adjusting the wobbly table so it doesn’t wobble so much, it’s also about making your home a little safer. There are all kinds of things you can do throughout the house to protect your home and your loved ones from all manner of disaster including fire.
Did you know that about 108,142 house fires happen each year? Sounds pretty scary, but it’s also really sad when you stop to think about how many of these fires could have been prevented with just a little organization and home improvement.
It’s really not hard to fireproof your home and I’m going to give you a few tips to show you the way:
1.) Yard Work.
Seriously, get to it. A rake, a shovel, a cutter, whatever it takes – clean that yard and clear it of any dried brush or leaves. Might not seem like such a big deal but what if Joe Driver flies down the road past your lawn and decides he wants to toss his lit cigarette onto a pile of dried leaves?
2.) Install A Security System.
You might not know this, but a lot of security systems like the ones you can get from Security Choice come with built-in emergency services including smoke and heat sensors. These specialized sensors will go off at the slightest hint of a fire, giving you plenty of time to react and maybe even prevent it from escalating.
3.) Place Candles Wisely.
You already know you should never leave open flames unattended; you also should never place candles near anything flammable. Sounds pretty obvious but the worst fires happen when we least expect them. You might think you’re far enough away from those drapes only to have a gentle breeze blow those paper-thin sheets within range of that lit candle.
4.) Consolidate Combustibles.
Old newspapers, thin sticks, twigs, tinder, fire logs, gasoline – get it all out of the house. A shed works just as nicely for this sort of thing and you can even padlock it to make sure no one meddles with any of it.
Remember, all big fires start small – don’t give fire a chance in your home.
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