Prevent common household fire hazards. Many things in and around your home can potentially be fire hazards. With the beginning of the new year, it is a perfect time to check to make sure your home is safe from devastating fire hazards.
Be sure to check your smoke detectors. Smoke detectors should be checked once a month and have the batteries replaced every six months. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that your home needs smoke detectors at least in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on each level of the home including the basement.
The most common area in a home where fire starts is in the kitchen. Never leave the stove or oven on when not attended. Clean your oven and stovetop frequently. According to the National Fire Protection Agency 88% of the oven fires begin within the first fifteen minutes of baking. Also, don’t forget the coils on the back of the refrigerator, they should be vacuumed every three months since debris can collect and pose a potential fire hazard. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions for plugging in and operating all appliances.
Make certain that you do not overload your electrical circuits. Be especially careful if you are using space heaters. Appliances like space heaters should only be plugged into wall sockets and not into power strips or extension cords. If you are using appliances or devices that emit heat, be sure to keep a three foot clearance surrounding the device. Always remove lint from your dryer prior to each use.
Never leave candles unattended.
If you have a fireplace the chimney should be checked or serviced once a year prior to the first use of the season.
Make certain your HVAC equipment is kept clear of debris and clutter. Have your HVAC system serviced each year. Air Doctor Heating and Air will professionally service your equipment to ensure safety and proper operation.
Be sure to have a working fire extinguisher readily available in areas prone to fire hazards like the kitchen, the garage, each level of the house including the basement and near your HVAC equipment.
We at Air Doctor Heating and Air hope you have a safe 2019!