26 Mar 2019 Tips for Preventing House Fires

Heating your home is a necessary measure during the winter months in New England. With that comes the increased risk of starting a house fire, so we would like to make sure that you are taking the right precautions to mitigate this risk.

It should not come as a surprise that half of all heating fires occur between December and February, the coldest months of the year, but cooking fires are by far the most common cause of house fires. In order to prevent a home fire, here are a few things that you could be doing:

  1. Remove anything flammable from the stove and oven:
    1. Clutter is inevitable. You could come home from work with files and files of paperwork, or your children could bring home a drawing from school that they worked all day on. Just make sure that these objects stay clear of the cooking appliances, as they could easily be the cause of a fire.
  2. Replace the Cords that have Frayed Wires
    1. You may think that it’s just a little tear in the casing around the wire cord, but that can eventually turn into something much bigger. Whether it is used to plug in the Christmas tree or charge your computer, it is much safer to replace these when you see any fraying than to wait for it to get worse.
  3. Blow out the Candles
    1. A seemingly obvious solution to house fires started by candles, right? Well what if you happen to doze off, or are in such a hurry to get the kids to a game? Mistakes can happen, so always be mindful of the candles around your house and double check to make sure they are completely blown out.
  4. Test Your Smoke Alarms
    1. Installing smoke alarms is the first step, so good for you if you already have them! To ensure that they always work, it is a good idea to check them once a month and make sure the battery is still working.
  5. Be Cautious with your Clothes Dryer
    1. Many people underestimate the importance of carefully maintaining their dryer. To make sure that there are no hazards, you can clean out the dryer vent regularly, clean the lint filter after each load, and carefully read the instructions if installing your own dryer vent (or hire a professional).

We encourage you to take the necessary precautions to prevent house fires from any source, and to make sure that your Massachusetts Home Insurance covers all of your needs!


Authored by Riley Alkins



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