Preventing Fires in Your Home

By October 20, 2017Burn Safety

It’s every homeowner’s nightmare to experience a house fire. Once fire tragedy strikes, it’s too late to take precautions to protect your home and yourself. With modern homes being run on power sources like gas and electricity, it’s vital to take the necessary steps to prevent in-home fires. While some safety measures may seem trivial, preventing the source of fires is usually a simple fix.

Smoke Alarms

Installing smoke detectors in every room of the house can help you be prepared in case of an emergency. More than 50% of fire-related deaths occur in homes without a smoke alarm. If your home does have an alarm in each room, be sure to check them once a month to ensure proper functioning. When batteries are low, a beeping sound should occur to alert the occupants. Typically, batteries should be changed twice per year. In the case a fire does occur, smoke detectors are the first warning signals to evacuate and save all people in the home.

Safe Electrical Wiring

Most outlets in the home are occupied by cords connecting TVs, lamps, appliances, power strips, and more. While it’s important not to overload your home’s electrical capacity, the cords connected to outlets should not be covered nor exposed by fraying. If you see wires exposed, immediately unplug and replace them. These cords are a fire hazard and not safe in the home.

Clothing dryers can also lead to house fires. Cleaning the vents frequently and wiping the lint filter between each load can keep it running smoothly.

Avoiding Cooking Fires

Everyone enjoys a warm, home-cooked meal. While cooking is a common task that thousands do daily, it poses some risks if you aren’t careful. Multitasking can be dangerous when turning attention away from a sizzling pan of oil. If there isn’t enough time to stay in the kitchen while cooking, find another option. Leaving hot food cooking on the stovetop or the broiler on can be dangerous if left unattended.

Keep cloth-type materials away from the stove and oven. Loose clothing can also pose a risk when leaning over the stove. Common sense is best when cooking: stay present, keep heat monitored, and turn off all appliances when leaving the kitchen.

Call an Experienced Lexington Burn Injury Lawer

Even taking all the precautions in the world, there’s no guarantee that a fire absolutely will not happen in your home. With these kinds of fires come numerous types of burn injuries from small first-degree burns to life-threatening third-degree burns. No matter what kind of burn injury you’ve suffered, the experienced Lexington personal injury attorneys at Walker Morgan LLC can help provide the representation you deserve!

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