Summertime- By the Fire

Given that the weather is supposed to “improve”- a phrase I use lightly- during the summer months, the most common type of property damage claims are fire related.

Any Damage to your property be it storm damage, flooding or accidental damage can be very traumatic, but fires are especially destructive as they are spontaneous and unexpected, and of course Fires pose a massive threat to ones personal health and safety, particularly smoke. Out of control fires are very scary and there’s no two ways about it.

When a fire gets out of control, there is really nothing you can do about it. Your safety and the safety of other occupants of the house are the most important thing.

I have devised a set of guidelines to do what you can to prevent a fire, and to ensure your safety.

Fire Prevention:

  1. Don’t run extension cords under rugs or carpets. The cords wear easily and may short out, causing a fire.
  2. Replace frayed electrical cords before they burn or cause a fire.
  3. An electrical outlet or switch that is unusually warm or hot to the touch may indicate a potentially dangerous wiring condition. In such a situation unplug cords, avoid using switches, and call an electrician to check the wiring.
  4. Always extinguish the fire in a fireplace/stove before leaving the house or before going to bed.
  5. Unplug your phone chargers, laptops or any other small appliance in the house when not in use.
  6. An electric blanket should not be tucked in at the sides. It may overheat and start a fire.
  7. Be sure to turn a heating pad off before you go to sleep. It can cause burns even at a relatively low setting
  1. Make sure to quench candles before leaving the room or house.

Eight Safety Tips:

  1. Make sure everybody knows what to do in the event of a fire. Draw a floor plan with at least two ways out of every room.
  2. Sleep with bedroom doors closed. It will keep the worst of the smoke and heat out of rooms, giving you more time to get out and to safety.
  3. Have a method of raising the alarm to other people in the house- shouting, banging walls, or a bell.
  4. Learn to roll out of bed and stay low in the event of a fire. One breath of smoke or gas could be enough to kill.
  5. Choose a safe meeting place outside the house.
  6. Feel all doors before opening them. If they are hot, find another way out.
  7. Time is critical in a fire. Don’t waste time with valuables or other materials, just get out.
  8. Learn to drop and roll if your clothes catch fire.

We have all heard tips on fire prevention before, but really it cannot be said enough. We never think it will happen to us do we? Better safe then sorry.

Leave your comments and tips for fire prevention and safety below.