Tragically, most fires are preventable. The leading cause of fires in the home is faulty heating equipment. A couple of simple measures can ensure that your home heating system is safe. For example,
- Changing your air filter regularly will ensure that your furnace isn't overtaxed.
- Don't leave piles of newspaper or other combustibles within two feet of your furnace.
If you do smoke, be sensible.
- Don't smoke in bed.
- Use a large metal or glass ashtray.
- Put that cigarette out with water before you drop it in the trash.
Most arson fires are fueled with combustible material found nearby.
A little diligence around the house, along with a watchful eye for strangers, can make a world of difference.
In fact, a little diligence is the key to home safety in general. It may go without saying, but:
- Smoke detectors that work,
- fire extinguishers that are well-charged and quickly accessible,
- and a ladder for the upper floors can easily save lives.