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Home Fireproofing: Top Ten Tips

Home fireproofing doesn't need to be tedious, expensive, or hard. 

A little common sense and a few helpful tools will ensure your home isn't prone to the most common fire safety hazards. 

Keep reading to learn how to fireproof your home, in ten easy steps!

Home Fireproofing - Easy as Counting to Ten

Most home fires start at predictable places in predictable patterns. This is terrific news when it comes to fireproofing because it means we know the most common places and causes of fires and can adjust accordingly.

1. Check Your Cords

Electrical fires are common in homes. Faulty wiring, frayed cords, and overstuffed outlets are top concerns. Take time to check old cords for wear and tear. Replace or repair them as necessary.

Check outlets to make sure they're stable in their boxes and don't wiggle. Only use power strips and extension cords when absolutely necessary.

2. Watch That Stove

Cooking is the number one cause of residential fires. Make sure you don't walk away from an oven or stove that is on. Keep combustibles like rags, towels, and wood utensils away from the cooktop.

3. Walk Around and Look

Simply taking time to walk around the house and look for potential issues can be a huge help. Imagine a fire breaking out in each room. Where would it start? How would it spread? What fuel is available to the fire? These scenarios will help you choose what needs to be changed/moved/looked at to improve fire safety.

4. Check Your Smoke Alarms

Once a month, check your smoke alarms and CO2 detectors to make sure they're functioning normally. If the signal seems weak, replace the batteries.

5. Clean Up Debris

Look around outside your home and make sure to pick up piles of yard refuse or garbage that would help a fire spread. Store woodpiles and other combustibles far away from the sides of the house.

6. Store Flammables Properly

Many household liquids including cleaners, insecticides, and paints are highly flammable. Make sure they're stored away from heat and light where possible fumes and spills won't cause an issue.

7. Purchase an Extinguisher

Along with a smoke alarm and CO2 detector, your home should absolutely have a fire extinguisher. We recommend one that works on multiple classes of fires and is automatic. In the event of a fire, you won't need to worry about the cause or have training to know it will work.

8. Inspect and Clean Heat Sources

Whether you have an electric, gas, or wood heat source, have it professionally inspected and cleaned at least once a year. Taking time every month or so to do a quick inspection, clean and replace filters, and make sure everything is working correctly is also a good idea.

9. Act Quickly

If you notice something on the fritz, like a flickering lightbulb or sparking outlet, don't put it on a to-do list and then forget about it. Have it looked at by a professional immediately to avoid future problems. 

10. Burn Responsibly

Whether it's a fire pit outside, a controlled burn of yard waste, or candles in your living room - burn responsibly. A tiny fire can quickly burn out of control and cause thousands of dollars in damage. If you start a fire, don't walk away and always make sure it's properly contained. 

Fireproof Your Home! 

Home fireproofing is mostly about removing hazards, maintaining possible sources of fire, and making sure you have a few backup measures just in case.

The AFG Fireball is one such measure that can mean the difference between a raging house fire and a story about how your house almost caught on fire. Learn more today.