Tips to help reduce your risk of a home fire

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  • By 349th Air Mobility Wing
  • 349 AMW

With the California "Fire Season" in full effect, we are all made aware of the increased danger of fires starting outside, but home fire dangers have no one season. There are many little things you can do around your house to help reduce your risk of starting a fire.  Most people think it will never happen to them but according to statistics, most people will have some type of a fire experience with a home fire of some kind in their lifetime.  Here are a few tips to keep reduce the risk of having a fire in your home:

  • Do not let combustible materials such as newspaper build up.If you recycle turn them in often.Try to get rid of items you won’t need.
  • Do not place anything on a stove that is combustible, even if you plan on moving it soon.Too many times knobs have been bumped by accident starting a fire.
  • Store items well away from any heat source.
  • Never store items such as gasoline in the house. Try to store them well away from the house.A detached building is a good choice.
  • If you have any electrical items with frayed or damaged cords have them repaired by someone qualified or discard them.
  • Refrain from storing materials in walkways.Keep hallways completely clear of items that may slow your exit in the event of an emergency.
  • Many times basements and garages seem to be the catchall areas for homeowners.Keep at least three feet of clearance around water heaters and furnaces.Allow for a clear path to the fuse panel.
  • Never leave anything cooking unattended.A small food fire can spread through a house in just minutes.
  • Always keep lighters and matches put away where children can’t find them.
  • Keep an extinguisher on hand and know how to use it.
  • Have smoke detectors outside each sleeping area at a minimum.If possible, place a smoke detector in each bedroom and on each level of the home.

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