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How to Fire-Proof Your Home

5/25/2020 (Permalink)

Looking through a window at a fire-damaged home Looking through a window at a fire-damaged home

House fires are devastating and can cause severe financial issues, especially if you don’t have insurance covering the damages. However, there are measures you can take to fire-proof your home and keep your family, property, and possessions safe.  

Install Smoke Alarms

The earlier you detect a fire, the faster you can react and mitigate the damage - provided the fire is manageable. Install smoke alarms strategically throughout the home. Also, make sure the smoke alarms are situated away from air vents. Conduct a maintenance check of your smoke alarms to make sure they’re working.

Invest in a Fire Extinguisher

It would be a shame if after installing a smoke alarm you can’t do anything to prevent the spread of fire. A fire extinguisher strategically located and within timely reach can help clear minor fires quickly. Be sure to invest in a high-quality fire extinguisher and to keep it well maintained.

Use Building Materials that are Resistant to Fire

Some building materials are more prone to fire so it’s best to use fire-resistant materials wherever possible. Concrete panels, bricks for exterior walls, and steel frames are excellent options for your fire-proof home. 

Design Your Landscape In a Way That Can Slow the Spread of Fires

There are cases when fires come from outside your home. A landscape designed to slow fires from reaching your home can help minimize or even prevent fire damage. Hard landscaping such as concrete and gravel are good choices. Also, make sure to get rid of dry vegetation since this can make the fire stronger, especially during the summer.

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