Here are 20 ways to prevent fire hazards in your home. You probably do a lot of these things already, but it never hurts to get a little reminder sometime on safety.
1. Keep heat-generating items like computers, TVs and cable boxes well
2. Switch them off (and unplug if you can) when nobody is going
to be around.
3. Store flammable items securely (locked if possible) in a
cool area, away from flames.
4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach of
5. Know which clothing and furnishing fabrics are flammable and
keep them away from flames.
6. Use fireguards to protect against accidental
contact with flames.
7. Avoid loose clothing, especially sleeves, when
you're using the stove.
8. If you leave items cooking, set an audible timer
to remind you to check back.
9. Have the gas company check your appliances
10. Regularly inspect appliance wiring and plugs for signs of
damage or heat.
11. Don’t use extension cords with space heaters (actually,
always avoid them where possible).
12. Don’t plug too many items into one
outlet or too high wattage a light bulb into a restricted fitting.
storing stacks of combustible material like paper that sometimes ignite by
14. Put a proper fitting over an exposed closet light bulb and
don’t store items too close to it.
15. If there are smokers in the house: no
smoking in bed or when they/you are sleepy.
16. Ensure all fire and dryer
vents are clear and regularly cleaned.
17. Monitor all outside burning (yard
fires, BBQs etc.) and extinguish them fully.
18. Position barbecues at least
10 feet from walls and fences when in use or cooling.
19. Don’t set electric
blankets too high when you're not there, or allow pets to sleep on them,
Workshop tools that throw out sparks should be used away from all combustible
This list kindly provided by D. Aaron Buhl of the Buhl Insurance Agency Inc., Gibsonia PA.