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Top 10 Ways to Prevent Fires

Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff

February 16, 2012
Filed Under Safety 

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A list of the top ten ways to prevent firesContributed by Paul Seaburn, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru

To paraphrase a bear who knew something about forest fires, only YOU can prevent fires in your home too.

An ounce of prevention is worth avoiding pounding on your door by the fire department. These tips for preventing fires in your home are easy and effective. They don’t cover all possibilities, so make sure you have good working fire extinguishers in the kitchen, garage and other areas where they can be accessed quickly.


10. Lighters and matches

A list of the top ten ways to prevent fires

Store lighters and matches in locked drawers or cabinets and away from children. Make sure lighter fluid is stored well away from heat sources, and keep an extinguisher handy wherever you use the matches or lighters.

9. Electrical cords

A list of the top ten ways to prevent fires

Check all electrical cords to make sure they are not cracked or showing any exposed wires. Don’t “daisy chain” multiple extension cords together, and never run any electrical cords under carpeting or rugs.

8. Smokers

A list of the top ten ways to prevent fires

Make all smokers smoke outside and provide them with a big ashtray filled with sand. Make sure the “smoking area” is free from dead shrubs, leaves and debris, in case a cigarette is accidentally dropped.

7. Power tools

A list of the top ten ways to prevent fires

Never use power tools indoors that overheat or throw sparks. Don’t leave power tools unattended, especially hot ones like soldering irons or glue guns. And keep workbenches free from paper, trash or flammable liquids when you’re using power tools.

6. Space heaters

A list of the top ten ways to prevent fires

Keep portable space heaters away from furniture, curtains and other flammable items. Turn them off when you leave the house or expect to be out of the room for a while.

Before you use your space heaters each winter, check them for frayed or damaged wires, unstable bases or sparking. If a space heater regularly overheats, it’s time to replace it.

5. Battery operated candles

A list of the top ten ways to prevent fires

Keep lit candles away from curtains and other flammable materials. Keep them away from drafty areas and use proper candleholders to catch hot wax. Better yet, consider the new battery-operated candles that look almost real.

4. Flowing clothing

A list of the top ten ways to prevent fires

Wear short sleeves or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking. Keep long hair pulled back.

Pay attention to what guests and family members are wearing near the stove, too. And keep an eye on potholders and dishtowels…they are all too often the starting point for kitchen fires that can quickly jump to clothing or hair.

3. Towels and curtains

A list of the top ten ways to prevent fires

Keep towels, artifical plants, flammable decor and curtains away from flames and heating elements in the kitchen. Make sure appliances that generate heat (like toasters) aren’t placed under upper cabinets.

2. Pots and pans

A list of the top ten ways to prevent fires

Never leaving pots, pans, electric skillets or any other cooking utensils unattended in the kitchen. Pay special attention when cooking anything in oil or foods that are naturally greasy like hamburgers or bacon.

1. Smoke alarms

A list of the top ten ways to prevent fires

Install smoke alarms on every level of your house and near or inside all sleeping areas. Test them frequently and replace the batteries twice annually – a good day to do this is the day you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time, and again when the time switches back.



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