From family meals to midnight snacks, the kitchen can be the best room in the house. But with so many appliances in one place, it deserves a little extra attention.
When it’s time to cook, make sure the oven, stove, and hob are far away from flammable objects such as curtains, cloths, or chemicals. Do not leave the room unattended if you can help it. And keep a fire extinguisher on hand in the kitchen in case of grease fires or other emergencies.
Start by looking at your mattress to make sure it contains flame retardant chemicals inside. For extra protection, consider a flame retardant mattress cover.
Good habits and smart fire safety practices can also help prevent fires in the bedroom. Electric blankets, smoking in the bed, heaters and congested electrical outlets are all dangers in the bedroom. If you smoke, take it out. Use only electric blankets with automatic extinguishing ability. And avoid overloading sockets and sockets with too many plugs.
If you have a fireplace, your living room or hole can be a hot spot for fire hazards. Keep the stove or fireplace clean and free of dirt or flammable objects (even when not in use). Having a Christmas tree near the fire sounds cozy, but it can be seriously dangerous without proper precautions.
When using your fireplace, keep the glass windows open and the metal screen closed. This allows air to enter the fireplace, but prevents embers from bouncing on your floors. Use fireproof tools like iron pokers to move around logs inside. Never use your hands.
The laundry room acts as a strange place of fire hazards until you remember that the dryer is flammable. When it comes to common places in your home where fires start, the laundry room sees its fair share. These powerful appliances can overheat, especially if the ventilation openings are not cleaned regularly.
Barbecues, bonfires and fireworks are obviously to blame for the outdoors and the backyard. But did you know that potting soil is also a fire hazard? Fertilizers and some brands of potting soil contain flammable materials that can be burned under heat or after someone ashes a cigarette.
Store your garden items in a cool, dry place. And if someone in your house smokes, be sure to give them a safe place to put out their cigarettes.
Whether it’s the grill or the summer sun, keep flammable products away from heat. Designate a cool, dark cabinet for flammable products, and make sure all family members know where they are going.
Store flammable materials such as paint and gasoline in their original containers. Keep tightly closed paint containers upside down so that the paint creates a seal. Petrol must be stored in containers designed for petrol. If a container develops a crack or leak, transfer its contents to a new container made of the same material as the original.