No homeowner wants to think about the potentially terrifying “what ifs” of the world, but ignoring them doesn’t make them go away. In fact, the best thing you can do is try to be prepared because you never know when life will throw a curveball your way. You need to be prepared to protect your home – especially from the threat of a fire.
That’s why I have come up with a list of things you can do to really fireproof your home. After all, the worst fire disasters are the ones that happen when we are least prepared.
1. Store away all those combustibles. Firewood, old newspapers, gasoline – whatever you use to start fires or whatever is easily combustible, store it away in a shed or someplace further from your home. Be sure to secure this area too – in case you have little ones living in your home.
2. Always have a plan. Make sure you have two safe fire exits in your home, and make sure everyone knows where they are and how to get to them. Practice makes perfect so be sure and have a fire drill or two so people know how to act in case of emergency.
3. Really douse those cigarettes and matches. Smoking is fine if that is what you enjoy, but if you must smoke in or around the house then be sure to douse those matches and cigarette butts. It’s the only way to be sure, and don’t go throwing any recently-lit matches or cigarettes in the garbage.
4. Clear the yard. Dry leaves and dry twigs, be sure to clear these up from the yard and be sure to properly dispose of them. Don’t leave piles of these dried and combustible things lying near your home. What’s the harm? Think about it. You might be careful, but what about Joe Smith – driving past your home and tossing a cigarette butt out the window. Doesn’t sound likely but the worst fires happen when we least expect them.
5. Look at a home security system. There are plenty of home security systems on the market and a few, like the ones monitored by ADT, even come with heat and smoke sensors. These advanced sensors can detect critical rises in temperature and can alert you to the presence of a fire early enough to do something about it.
Regardless of how you decide to protect your home, be smart and be safe. And remember, fire is not a toy and it is not something to be taken lightly. Respect it and prepare for it.
About the Author
Brian Edwards enjoys writing and enjoys it even more when his works are being used to help others. When he isn’t writing for pleasure he’s spending his time helping people prepare for the worst.