How do you stop house fires before they start?

A house fire can be one of the most devastating disasters that can befall a family. Not only can a fire destroy your most precious investment, but it can put you and your family at risk. PorchLight Insurance, serving Tigard, OR, has some helpful hints on how to stop house fires before they start.

The most common place where house fires start is in the kitchen. You should make sure that your cooking surface is cleaned of grease or oil. Food being cooked should be attended to at all times. The handles of pots and pans should be positioned in such a way that they are out of reach. Flammable materials such as potholders and paper towels should be kept away from cooktops when they are in use.

If you live in an older home, you might want to consider having an electrician check your house’s electrical system for shorts and frayed insulation, especially around outlets. Any extension cords you might use should not be worn or frayed. You should make sure that the cords are kept away from flammable objects such as drapes or rugs.

  • You should keep matches and lighters away from small children. A considerable number of house fires start when children play with them.
  • You should never smoke in bed. You might fall asleep before finishing, dropping the cigarette and catching it against the blankets.
  • You should keep space heaters away from anything that might catch fire. Keep flammable objects away from fireplaces.
  • Finally, you should keep your home equipped with smoke alarms and at least one fire extinguisher. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using the extinguisher.

If you have any questions about house fires or home insurance, contact PorchLight Insurance, serving Tigard, OR.