House fires are tragic events that can lead to the loss of irreplaceable
items, injury, and, in some instances, even death. Many times, house fires
are caused by easily avoidable risks. By recognizing
common fire risks in the home and installing a fire alarm, fires can be preventable.
One of the major causes of fires in the home is lighting candles and leaving
them unattended. Candles are often used in the home to provide comfortable
lighting, inviting smells, and a relaxing atmosphere. However, when left
unattended, candles can be quite dangerous. They can be knocked over easily
and can quickly spread to unmanageable flames. When using candles in the
home, it is important to not leave the room and to be thorough when putting
candle flames out. Also, you should not place candles near flammable items.
Dryers and washing machines can cause fire risks in the home that are
easily preventable. One of the most common ways a dryer can cause a fire
is by accumulating excess lint in the dryer trap. By simply emptying the
dryer trap each time you do a load of laundry, you significantly reduce
your risk of fire. For gas appliances, be sure to regularly check that
there are no leaks in the lines. Small appliances, such as irons or hair
curlers and straighteners, can cause fires if left unattended. Be sure
to unplug these items when they are no longer in use.
Holidays are a time of elevated risk for fire in the home. One of the
biggest fire risks around the holidays is a Christmas tree. The most popular
decoration, strings of lights, can be a hazard if left plugged in. To
avoid fire risk, keep your live tree watered to prevent it from drying
out to become kindling and unplug your tree lights at night.
Want to learn more about protecting your family from fires in the home
by installing a fire alarm? Contact Post Alarm Systems to learn about
our fire alarm systems and other home alarm systems. Call us to install a
fire alarm in Los Angeles today at 1(800) 654-6768.