Five ways to fireproof your home

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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.

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