A fire can destroy your home much faster than you think. If you’re lucky you’ll be left with nothing but you and your family will be alive. The alternative doesn’t bear thinking about.

Yet, this is exactly what you need to do, thinking about the fire risk means you can take steps to prevent a fire, and we all know that prevention is better than cure.

Test Your Smoke Alarms

You should have smoke alarms fitted to your home, they save lives. But, they’re only any good if they are working. That means testing them on a weekly basis and replacing the batteries when needed.

Then, if the alarm goes off you’ll know you have an issue that needs to be looked at, whether it’s burnt toast or a real fire.

Electrical Inspections

Many house fires are the result of a short in your electrics. You can reduce the risk of electrical shorts by unplugging everything before you go out or go to bed. However, this won’t solve a wiring issue in the walls.

It’s a good idea to have an annual electrical inspection to ensure your wiring is safe.

Use Smoke Curtains

Smoke curtains can be used to separate a section of your home, containing the smoke. This can help if you have only one exit point the smoke curtain will contain the smoke and encourage the smoke alarm to go off. This will give you extra time to escape.

Alternatively, smoke curtains and shutters can be fitted to the windows and doors on your home, helping to prevent a fire from getting into your home. This is particularly useful if you’re in a bush or grass fire-prone area.

Get Heaters Checked

The worst offenders are fuel heaters, if these aren’t cleaned regularly then the buildup of unburned fuel can cause a fire. It may start in your chimney but it can easily spread anywhere.

In addition, solid fuel heaters that are partially blocked will increase the amount of deadly carbon monoxide released into your home, that’s as bad as it catching fire.

Get them cleaned at least once a year and serviced.

Never Leave The Kitchen Unattended

If you’re cooking then you should never leave the kitchen, even for a minute. It can take seconds for a towel left near a flame to ignite and start a bigger fire. If you have to leave the kitchen, turn everything on the stove off, it’s better to take a few more minutes making food than it is to have a fire or other accident.

Be careful With Candles

Candles are lovely for setting the ambiance and a little romance. By, they are also a naked flame and can cause a fire.

If you’re using candles make sure they are in proper holders, you have an extinguisher nearby, and never leave them unattended.

Have A Plan

It won’t prevent a fire but it will help you get out if you do have one. Having a plan and practicing it regularly means that every member of the household knows what to do in a fire. That can make the difference between life and death.