Five ways to fireproof your home
According to Fire Prevention Canada (FIPRECAN), residential fires account for 73 per cent of all reported fires across the country. It’s true: fire hazards lurk in every corner of your home; however, being aware of potential dangers and knowing how to proactively manage those risks can significantly reduce the chances of your home catching fire. Here are five ways to fireproof your house and keep your family safe:
1. Fireproof furniture. Apply an environmentally friendly fire retardant spray to your couches, curtains and rugs, and opt for fire-resistant carpeting instead of wool or synthetic fibres that burn more easily. Nowadays, fire-resistant carpets come in a variety of colours and styles to complement your home décor.
2. De-clutter. A messy house is breeding ground for fires. Every month, clear your closets, attic and garage from unwanted junk that risks catching fire. Stacks of paper, boxes and linen are especially flammable.
3. Clean lint traps. Many residential fires start with household appliances. A clogged lint trap in your dryer, for example, can overheat and catch fire. Check your lint traps regularly for any obstructions.
4. Don’t overload power outlets. Electrical short circuits are among the leading causes of house fires. Avoid overburdening power bars with too many plugs, and make sure plugs fit tightly in their sockets. A loose fit can cause sparks to fly.
5. Scrub kitchen burners.
Dried grease and food splatters can ignite at high temperatures. Make sure to regularly give your burners and stovetop a good scrub to avoid any mishaps in the kitchen.