Lowell Residents: 5 Different Sources of House Fires and How to Prevent a Fire in Your Home
Wiring and Outlets
- Make sure all electrical cords are checked throughout your home for signs of fraying and make sure all frayed wires are replaced.
- Do not cover cords with item such as rugs or blankets.
- Be aware of the capacity that your home can handle in its electrical system.
- Make sure to understand the difference between surge protectors and power strips. Surge protectors help protect electronic devices.
- Make sure there is a fire extinguishers readily available and make sure one knows how to use it in case of emergencies.
- Keeping your stove clean is another way to prevent a house fire. Grease on a stove or in an oven can lead to a fire the next time it is used, if not cleaned properly.
- Installing a dryer not properly could lead to a house fire when it is used for the first time. Make sure to read the instructions thoroughly to prevent a fire from happening though the vent.
- Make sure your dryer is cleaned regularly
- After each load of laundry is done make sure the lint is taken out from the previous load.
Other Sources of Heating
- Space heaters are known for starting house fires when left on too long, or on when nobody is in your home.
- Make sure your space heater is far enough away from all furniture or anything else that can get too warm and catch on fire.
- If there in a chimney that is located in your house make sure it is inspected annually. Have a professional clean or repair your chimney as needed.
- Make sure to use wood only.
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