If you have never been affected by fire either direct or indirectly, I am undoubtedly sure you have watched on TVs and seen how disastrous fire can be. Building a home is a significant achievement but taking precautionary and improvement measures to ensure your home is safe, are super accomplishments.
A fire will bring down to ashes almost everything which it comes into contact with unless some steps have been put in place to curb the severability. Thus, the primary objective should be on how to ensure it is kept away from our homes as far as possible. However, before then let us point out,
The major causes of fire in our homes,
- Arson and evil motive people.
- Lighting equipment like candles.
- Long dry spells make your house very vulnerable from external fires.
- Kids can cause a fire in a flicker of a second.
Major steps to take to ensure your homes are protected from fire.
- Make sure all the paint used in your house walls and other areas are fire resistant.
- Never use fireworks around or in the house.
- Remove all thick bushes around your house and within your compound
- Avoid planting pine trees near homes as they are highly flammable especially their needles
- All wood piles should be 30 feet away from the house
- Any flammable materials should be kept in a separate enclosure outside the house and away from the fireplace.
- Use insulated concrete forms polystyrene for the walls of your house since they can withstand up to 4 hours of heating.
- Use metal bars for your roofing rather than wood.
- Create a fire proof concrete wall around your home compound.
- Plant fire retardant or resistant plants like California lilac, yellow ice or fresh lavender.
- Leave enough and clear driveways which can be easily accessed by fire trucks if all goes wrong.
- Avoid constructing wooden decks around your house.
- Cut tree branches which are in close contact with power lines.
- Install ground fault circuit interrupters.
- Replace all old and poor performing electronic items and devices in your houses.
- Consult a licensed electrician if you experience regular fuse and breaker blowouts.
- Install fire alarms in your home.
- Have working fire extinguishers in place.
- Have fire ladders in every room of your house to ensure smooth going down the wall through a window.
- Burn dry leaves and other wastes around your compound in an enclosed area.
Since fire can emanate from either in or outside the house; ensure adequate protection of all the areas around your home. Have emergency numbers in your notebook and always maintain a safe neighborhood.