Just moved into your new home? 5 simple ways to avoid accidental fires and stay safe

Fire damages EA warehouse

It’s funny how you never think anything will go wrong until it actually does. Accidents happen to anyone and they can strike in an instant. You can never stop them from happening, but there are things you can do to stay clear of them. Some of the worst accidents involve your home catching fire, so we’re going to look at a few things that should keep you a little safer from now on.

Don’t leave your food unattended

Cooking Green Curry

You wouldn’t leave a baby unattended in the bath because it could drown while you were away, so don’t walk away while you’re cooking food. This will obviously depend on the appliance you’re using, but why walk away from something when there is a small chance it could catch on fire? The fact you’re not even around means you won’t be able to douse the flames straight away. Chip pans are more dangerous than every other appliance combined.

Keep your doors closed all the time

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When you’re walking around the house you should close the doors behind you. It’s also a good idea to walk around at night closing every door inside your home. If there was a fire and all your doors were open it would be able to spread very quickly, but if the doors were closed you would have a much higher chance of surviving. How long would it take you to close all your doors at night? It’s well worth it when you have young children in the house because you want to keep them as safe as possible.

Don’t use electric blankets

Electric Blanket to the rescue

Electric blankets seemed like a great invention because who in their right mind doesn’t want to feel warm and snugly when they get under the covers, but there is a huge problem with them catching fire. Some fire fighters will tell you they hate electric blankets more than anything else. You’re risking your life every time you fall asleep with one still on, plus you’re risking your home burning down every time you switch one on for a few hours before you go to bed.

Burning candles aren’t always pretty

Jan 27/2010 Candles

Nothing is more relaxing than soaking in a warm bath surrounded by dozens of beautiful candles. They even come in handy when the electricity cuts out and you need to see what you’re doing. I’m not saying you shouldn’t use candles because that would be crazy, but you just shouldn’t leave them unattended. In the majority of cases they’ll eventually go out by themselves, but do you want to be the exception to the rule when they burn your home down?

Always use a fireguard

Cosy fire ambience in Wetherspoons, Lytham

Are you one of those people who still loves a log burning fire? They’ve actually become a lot more popular in recent years, either because they’re great or because the price of electricity has skyrocketed. If you do decide to burn logs in the fire you need to make sure you protect yourself with a fireguard. You don’t know where flying hot embers are going to land and they can set things on fire. If you don’t use one your eyes will be glued to the fire to see where those embers are landing.

The author of this post is Shruti Vaghe, a freelancer who often writes for Alliance Floor Source, a company providingvinyl flooring services. . She likes to indulge in yoga and pilates to stay fit. Follow her on Twitter @ShrutiVaghe.