Every year, house fires in the U.S. cause thousands of deaths and injuries and cost billions of dollars. This article will discuss many ways that preppers can prevent house fires. Many of these precautions came from the April 2016 issue of the AARP Bulletin. Not taking such precautions can lead to tragic family deaths and injuries as well as to devastating living disruptions and expenses. The money spent on preventing house fires will result in more safety and peace of mind for family members.
Consider the family that has a family member with a significant loss of hearing. Smoke detector alarms that are audible are appropriate only for other family members. For the hearing impaired family member, however, there should be a strobe light alarm in any room frequented by that hearing impaired person. All of these devices can give house occupants precious extra seconds to extinguish a fire or to evacuate their house.
It also is a good idea to throw out old space heaters. Especially when these old space heaters are accidently tipped over, they can start house fires. Buy the new models of space heaters that turn off automatically when they are tipped over.
In addition, electric blankets and heating pads that are over ten years old can become fire hazards. Throw them out even earlier if they show signs of wear and tear.
Nobody should ever smoke in bed. Those who smoke inside of their houses should make sure that the contents of their ash trays are completely extinguished before they throw the contents of their ash trays into trash baskets.
Every year, homeowners should have professionals check the safety of their fireplaces, wood stoves, and generators. If needed, homeowners should have them repaired or cleaned. During an emergency is not a good time to discover that one or more of these devices are not safe.
Electrical wiring in old houses might not be able to handle safely the electrical burden of modern electronic devices. Homeowners should either have electricians replace the old wiring with more sufficient wiring, or homeowners should decrease the electrical load on the old wiring.
Defective dryers can start fires, especially when they are clogged with lint. If there is any hint of a problem with a dryer, have it inspected. Also, clean out the lint trap on a regular basis.
Everyone in the family must be informed about how to prevent house fires. Family members are like links in a chain. The family’s fire prevention efforts are as strong as its weakest link. A child playing with matches, for example, can burn down a house.
Keep in mind the ancient proverb that warns, “Fire is never a gentle master.”