Home fires can happen at any time of year. Here are five ways to reduce fire hazards in your home:
- When cooking on the stove, stay in the kitchen. Do not leave the kitchen or if you do leave the kitchen, turn off the stove. According to the NFPA, unattended cooking was the leading cause of cooking fires and casualties.
- Clean your outdoor grill. According to the NFPA, the grill had not been cleaned in roughly one-quarter of the fires.
- Replace frayed wires, untangle electrical cords and never plug a power strip into another power strip.
- Heating season will be coming this fall. Remember the three foot rule when you use space heaters — keep combustible objects at least 3 feet away from them.
- Clean your chimney. According to the NFPA, the leading factor contributing to home heating fires (27%) was failure to clean, principally from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.
We wish each of our readers a safe, fire-free fall. For more ways to reduce fire hazards in your home, go this NFPA website: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes